Heights Eye Studio​​​​​​​ can help diagnose and treat a stye! A stye, or hordeolum, is an infected oil gland that has the appearance of a pimple or bump at the base of your eyelid or inside your eyelid.


Symptoms of a stye include:

  • Swelling of eyelid

  • Redness of eyelid

  • Discomfort when pressure is applied or by blinking

  • Excessive tearing

  • Blurred vision if the stye is large

Treatment of a stye

Styes may rupture and drain by themselves similar to a pimple. However, some styes may need an eye doctor for additional treatment. Treatment for a stye is highly recommended otherwise there is a high likelihood of recurrence. Styes are usually treated with a prescription for an oral antibiotic to reduce bacteria in the eyelid. In addition, continuously applying a hot compress to your eye for 10-15 minutes at a time will speed up the healing process. In some cases, styes can be surgically lanced and drained. It is important to note that you should never pop a stye because this can spread the bacteria and cause a worse infection that can even lead to your brain.


A chalazion is similar to a stye except it is an enlarged bump on your eyelid caused from a blocked oil gland. The biggest difference between a stye and a chalazion is that chalazions are typically non-infectious. Many times, a chalazion is the result from an old stye that did not resolve. Treatment for chalazions include warm compresses, lid hygiene, steroid injections, or surgical removal.

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