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January 26, 2014

What is an Eye Stye?

It rhymes with eye. Not cry, but stye. Those little pimple-like white heads that appear on the lids of your eyes that are extremely annoying and itchy. But what are they? With proper eye care you can prevent them.

A stye is an inflamed oil gland caused by bacteria from the skin that gets into the glands that provide lubrication in our tear film. To get rid of them, try flushing your eyes with some water, or placing a warm, wet cloth to the area for about 10 minutes. This should temporarily relieve the itchy sensation. Do this eye care treatment everyday until the stye goes away. Never attempt to squeeze it, or pop any eyelid bumps. If you wear contact lenses, or eye make-up, don’t use them until the stye is gone. People with blepharitis (eye redness) are more susceptible to getting styes.

Sometimes a stye can get worse and turn into a chazalion. This is when the gland gets completely blocked. Styes can also get infected or perhaps it’s something bigger altogether. Other possible eyelid bumps are papillomas. These are generally harmless pink bumps slowly grow and in some cases affect your vision. Other eyelid bumps could be cysts or xanthelasma. Xanthelasma are yellow pouches that can happen with age and can be associated with high cholestrol.

If the stye doesn’t go away after a few days of treatment and gets bigger, you should consult a doctor. If you have any questions or concerns, please call our offices at 877-871-1684 or visit us online at www.eastwesteye.com

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