Sty

  • Infection of the glands in the eyelid
  • Symptoms may include redness, swelling and tenderness of the eyelid
  • Caused commonly by infection from bacteria
  • Cannot be spread from person to person
  • Affects males and females
  • Can occur at any age but more common in adults
  • May be mild to severe
  • May resolve without treatment or progress to severe inflammation of eyelid
  • Not life threatening

GENERAL THERAPY

  • Do not squeeze the sty on your own
  • Apply warm, wet compresses to eye for 10 minutes, 4 times a day
  • Keep hands away from eyes
  • Wash hands frequently
  • Avoid rubbing eyes
  • Wash eyelash line with mild no tear soap and water

 

Over-the-counter medicine (refer to manufacturer’s recommendations for dosage):

  • Ophthalmic
    • Ointments
    • Solutions
    • Medicated pads

 

PRECAUTIONS AND AVOIDANCES

  • Make sure any medicine you buy is ophthalmic (eye) not otic (ears)
  • Do not heat compresses in microwave
  • Practice good hand washing techniques
  • Keep hands away from eyes
  • Use care with cosmetics
    • Do not use outdated cosmetics, replace every 6 months
    • Do not share makeup with anyone
  • Make sure your contact lenses and hands are clean when inserting them
  • Wear eye protection when in dusty environments

 

SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION IF:

  • Your vision is interfered with
  • Becomes painful, continues to drain pus, or grows larger quickly
  • Redness develops with swelling that extends beyond the lid
  • No improvement after 3 days of treatment

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