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Have a bump/stye on your eyelid? | Long Island Eye Doctor

Suchi Matalia, OD

A stye, medically known as a hordeolum, is similar to a pimple on the skin.  Many times it is red and tender, sometimes even painful.  A hordeolum occurs due to the clogged oil glands along the base of the lashes.

The best way to start treating a stye is by applying warm compresses on the affected area.  Use a clean wash cloth soaked in warm water and place it on the closed eye for about 10 minutes.  Avoid touching the area, and discontinue the use of eye make and contact lenses.  Never attempt to squeeze the stye.

It’s always a good idea to schedule an appointment with the eye doctor to confirm the findings and make sure everything is okay.  Consider following up immediately if the hordeolum gets worse, your vision gets blurry, the stye keeps recurring, and if you develop a fever.  You should also be examined if you have diabetes and/or HIV, or any other condition which compromises your immune system.


Suchi Matalia

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