Gotta bump on your eyelid right where the eyelashes start? Then you probably have an eye stye, which is a minor infection caused by your oil glands getting clogged. It might sound intimidating at first, but don’t panic. Eye styes usually go away on their own after a few days.
How to Tell if You Have an Eye Stye
Usually, an eye stye appears as a red bump on the end of the eyelid. It might look like a zit and have some swelling and redness. Sometimes they can be painful, but this isn’t always the case.
The key to prevent styes from happening is to keep bacteria away from your eyes. You can do this by routinely cleaning your glasses and contacts and by avoiding touching your eyes.
If you have to touch your eyes, just make sure you’re washing your hands frequently to keep from rubbing bacteria into them. This is a good idea in general because many people get illnesses after rubbing their eyes.
How to Treat Your Eye Stye
First of all, DON’T POP IT! Seriously, popping an eye stye can make the infection worse and scar the eyelid. The best way to treat your eye stye is by adding heat to it so it can drain naturally.
Put a heating pad or warm compress on it at various times throughout the day. If your eye stye doesn’t go away on its own after a few days, then definitely visit your eye doctor. They’ll recommend and prescribe an effective treatment, such as:
- Eye drops
- Or other options
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Whether you need an optometrist for a routine eye examination, to find the right pair of contact lenses or glasses, or for more advanced eye care services, Dr. Tiffany Jackson has the right experience and expertise to help you.
With years of outstanding service in the community, East Carolina Optometric Care has a reputation for excellence. We were also awarded the Patient’s Choice Award in 2016!