A stye (sometimes spelled sty or called a hordeolum) on the eye occurs when a gland on the eyelid becomes infected. This can occur on the inside or outside of the eyelid and looks like a spot or pimple.
Symptoms of a Stye
- Tenderness on the eyelid.
- Redness and swelling of the eyelid.
- A small head appear on the swelling, like a spot, zit or pimple.
- Sty's usually appear ar the base of the eyelashes.
- There may be some minor visual impairment.
- Sty's on the inside of the eyelid feel like there is something stuck in the eye.
A stye is an infection of an oil gland caused by staphylococcal bacteria. The infection usually occurs from rubbing the nose and then the eye. The bacteria involved are most often found inside the nose.
- In most cases a sty will heal on its own within a week.
- Don't ever try to squeeze a sty.
- They may just disapper on their own, or they may rupture and then clear.
- Stys on the inside of the eyelid may not heal or may be irritating in which cases an opthalmologist (eye specialist) may drain the sty for you.