What is a stye?
A stye, or hordeolum, is a pimple-like bump that forms on the inside or outside of your eyelid, and is caused by the clogging of oil glands or sweat pores in the eyelid. While they usually do not cause any actual vision problems, these bumps can be painful and annoying to deal with. A stye will often go away on its own within a few days, but there are some ways that you can expedite the healing process.
The best way to ease the pain of a stye and speed up the healing process is to apply a hot compress to your eye four to five times a day for about 90 seconds at a time. This can unclog any blocked pores.
When you have a stye, it is important to keep your eyes clean at all times. Cleanse your eyelids several times a day, and do not wear makeup. If you require vision correction, you should refrain from wearing contacts until the stye goes away. Be sure to wash your hands after touching your eyes and throw away any makeup, makeup applicators, or contact lenses that came into contact with your eye while it was infected.
Consulting your Optometrist
Be sure to consult your optometrist if your stye becomes painful, persists for more than a week, or if you develop a fever. In some severe cases, styes can require further treatment or even surgery.