Have you ever experienced a painful red bump on your eyelid that is that is tender to touch? In most cases, this is a stye. A stye is a red growth along the edges of the eyelid, sometimes just inside the lid and can be painful and sore. Bacterial infections are the most common cause of a stye. Sometimes a condition called blepharitis can affect the base of your eyelashes and cause them to become red and swollen too. These variations are, in most cases, not severe and will go away within a few days.
When glands that keep the eyes lubricated become clogged and infected with bacteria, a stye will form. Applying a warm compress for 15 minutes to your eye a few times a day helps facilitate the drainage from the clogged gland. Do not squeeze a stye, this can cause a more severe infection that can spread throughout your eyelids.
- Always avoid touching your eyes. If you must, be sure to with clean hands.
- Wash your hands with warm water and soap before touching your eyes.
- Remove makeup before going to bed. Also, disinfect your makeup brushes regularly and avoid eye makeup if you have a stye.
- Always clean your contacts thoroughly. It is best to stop wearing your contacts if you develop a stye.
- Take care of your contacts, do not overwear your contact lenses. Sleeping in them is a bad habit and can cause styes too!
If you have a stye and it does not improve following the tips above over a few days or if it gets worse and more painful, visit Drs. Kaufman, Graham, Wright, and Brown at Woodlands Eye Associates. Your eye health and comfort are our top priority. You can reach us at either of our convenient locations in The Woodlands. Panther Creek Shopping Center or Medical Plaza Drive or click on https://woodlandseye.com for more information!