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Is That A Stye in Your Eye?

POSTED ON September 20, 2011

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A stye is caused by an infected eyelash and often appears as a red, sore lump near the edge of the eyelid. You’ll first notice eyelid tenderness and redness in the affected area. You may also experience irritation and scratchiness in your eye. The American Academy of Ophthalmology cautions you to look for these symptoms:A red bump along the edge of the eyelid at the base of the eyelashes, usually with a small puss spot in the center A feeling as if something is in your eye Sensitivity ...

A stye is caused by an infected eyelash and often appears as a red, sore lump near the edge of the eyelid.

You’ll first notice eyelid tenderness and redness in the affected area. You may also experience irritation and scratchiness in your eye.

The American Academy of Ophthalmology cautions you to look for these symptoms:

  • A red bump along the edge of the eyelid at the base of the eyelashes, usually with a small puss spot in the center
  • A feeling as if something is in your eye
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Crusting along the eyelid margin
  • Tearing

Don’t ever try to squeeze or pop a stye. This may spread the infection into the surrounding eyelid tissue.

Your Indiana eye doctor recommends using a warm compress to treat your stye. Soak a clean washcloth in hot water and apply it to your eyelid for 10-15 minutes, three to five times a day. It’s important to avoid wearing makeup or contact lenses until after the stye has healed.

See Dr. Tavel and his board certified associates for more solutions to your common eye issues.

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