What is a Stye?
A Stye (also known as a Hordeolum) is a small, red, painful lump that grows from the base of the eyelash or from under the eyelid. They are most commonly caused by a bacterial infection.
There are two types of Styes.
Two Types: External and Internal
The external Stye starts at the base of the eyelash. They are usually caused by an infection in the hair follicle, and can resemble a pimple.
In contrast, an internal Stye originates inside the eyelid, and is typically caused by an infection in an oil-producing gland in the eyelid.
Symptoms of a Stye
Symptoms of a Stye include:
- a painful, red bump on the eyelid
- a feeling like something is in the eye
- a sore and scratchy eye
- light sensitivity
- crustiness along the eyelid by the eyelashes
People who have chronic Blepharitis (red, itchy, burning eyes or eyelids with crusty eyelids and/or eyelashes) are more susceptible to Styes.
Treating a Stye
If you believe you have a Stye, you may want to try using a compress on the area (a clean washcloth soaked in warm water) several times a day.
If the Stye doesn’t clear promptly, see an Ophthalmologist (Eye MD). A serious infection may necessitate a course of Antibiotics or drainage of the area.
If you’re located in the central New Jersey area, contact Dr. Robert Scharfman’s office. We have a great deal of experience helping to relieve eye problems of every type.