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Eye Stye

Posted last December 12, 2017, 4:34 am in Health report article

You’d know it if you ever had a stye. An eye stye, clinically called a hordeolum, looks like a big, red pimple on the edge of your eyelid. In actuality it’s a growth that’s due to an infection or injury and it can occur on either your upper or lower eyelid.

Most of the time, an eye stye heals on its own, but occasionally, if it’s really stubborn, you may need to visit your ophthalmologist for treatment that include eye drops or even stye surgery. Styes typically don’t lead to permanent vision problems, but they can impair your sight while they’re active.

If you are having any abnormal symptoms, you should always be evaluated with a thorough consultation and examination by your local New York optometrist or ophthalmologist in NYC for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan as it may be a symptom or sign of a serious illness or condition.

Symptoms Associated with Styes

The most obvious sign that you’ve developed a stye is the big bump on your eyelid that looks as if it’s filled with pus, like a pimple. Also, if you’ve had styes in the past, you are more likely to get them in the future, so there’s a good chance that you’ll know it when you see it. You may even be able to catch it in the earliest stages because of your past experience.

Other symptoms can include:

  • Swelling in the corner of your eye
  • Swelling in your whole eye
  • Eye pain
  • Tenderness to the touch
  • Redness in the area
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Tearing and watery eyes
  • Feeling like there’s some foreign matter in your eye
  • Puffiness around your eye
  • Gritty or dry feeling

 

Very often, a stye can subside and disappear on its own after a couple days, but if you still have symptoms after 48 hours, you should visit your ophthalmologist to make sure there’s nothing more serious going on and to get proper treatment. Additionally, if the swelling spreads to other parts of your face or cheeks or if the redness seems to spread, get immediate medical attention from your eye doctor.  A stye should always be evaluated with a thorough consultation and examination by local optometrist or ophthalmologist for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan as it may be a symptom or sign of a serious illness or condition.