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Stye - Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment

Author: peterhutch

A sty (sometimes spelled stye) is a tender, painful red bump located at the base of an eyelash or under or inside the eyelid. The medical term for a sty is hordeolum (plural, hordeola).

A sty results from an acute infection of the oil glands of the eyelid (meibomian glands) that occurs after these glands have become clogged. A sty also may arise from an infected hair follicle at the base of an eyelash. The bacterium Staphylococcus aureus is responsible for 90%-95% of cases of styes. Staph aureus is frequently found on the skin. A sty can develop as a complication of blepharitis (inflammation of the eyelid)

Causes of Stye

Styes are generally caused by a staphylococcus aureus bacteria infection and are particularly common in infants, though people of any age may experience them. This bacterium is often found in the nose, and it's easily transferred to the eye by rubbing first your nose, then your eye. A stye can be secondary, caused by blepharitis. A blocked oil gland near the eye, a chalazion, is often mistaken for a stye. Adults are affected more often than children. The condition may occur at an increased frequency within certain families and in children with Down's syndrome.

Symptoms of Eye Stye

Some common Symptoms of Eye Stye :

· Sensitivity to light.

· Eye pain.

· Swollen, red, tender upper or lower eyelid.

· Blurred vision.

· Mucous discharge in the eye.

Types of Stye:

An external sty starts as a pimple next to an eyelash. As it swells, it becomes red and painful. The swelling usually lasts several days before it bursts and then heals. Most external sties do not last very long.

An internal sty causes a red, painful swelling, but its location prevents the pus from appearing on the eyelid. The sty may disappear completely once the infection goes away. However, it may leave a small fluid-filled cyst that can persist and may have to be cut open.


The doctor determines whether a child has a sty by visually examining the appearance of the eyelid. If the bump is hard and is located deep within the eyelid, it probably is a chalazion. For a patient whose sty has not healed with home treatment, the doctor may test the fluid in the eye to determine the type of bacteria present and prescribe treatment accordingly.

Treatment of Stye:

In the early stages, chalazia may be treated at home. Most styes will drain on their own though this may be accelerated with a hot or warm compress. Styes typically resolve within one week with treatment. Chalazions may be treated with any one or a combination of antibiotic or steroid drops or injections; warm compresses for 5 to 10 minutes, 3 or 4 times a day; gentle massage to express the glandular secretions; or surgical drainage.

Here is the list of the methods for treating Eye-Stye :

Application of prescribed antibiotic drops may also be used to help fight the infection

Boil a handful of acacia leaves in two cups of water to make a decoction and apply it as compress on the eyelids

A grated potato used as a poultice, reduce swelling in inflamed eyes.

Use make-up remover rather than just soap and water to remove eye make-up. This prevents heavy rubbing of your eyes and more completely removes the make-up.

Although antibiotics are sometimes used to treat styes, they do not really help much

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8 Responses to Causes Blurred Vision

  1. Anonymous says:

    What are the causes of blurred vision ?
    For the past 2 months, my younger sister has blurred vision in both eyes. I heard that this condition can be a in initial sign of fatal outcomes. What are the causes of blurred vision ? How can it be corrected ?

  2. Anonymous says:

    What are some causes for blurred vision?
    I can be sitting up, or sitting down when it happens; it just happens. I will suddenly feel really light headed, and soon after the light headedness and during, I will get this monstrous headache followed by blurred vision.

    What could be some possible causes for this?

    What could be the consequences of not going to get this checked out?
    I don’t have any eye problem either. That much I know for sure.
    I am not sexually active, so there is no possible way I could be pregnant.

  3. Eddie says:

    Which mental illness causes blurred vision: anxiety or psychosis?
    Anxiety or psychosis. Or maybe both can cause blurred vision. Thanks in advance.

    • Anonymous says:

      I never heard of that, blurred vision is physical. It would take a HUGE and delusional psychosis to make you think you can’t see properly. If there are psycosomatic symptoms that severe I would think vision would not be the only thing going on!
      Something physical is more likely.

  4. TomServo says:

    What causes blurred vision that comes and goes?
    Starting around September, my vision would occasionally blur at the grocery store. It began to worsen in January. Whenever I became dizzy, my vision would blur. I stopped getting dizzy after I started seeing a chiropractor. For the past 2-3 weeks, my eyesight has not felt right, and computer and television screens seem somewhat out of focus. Could this be a nerve problem? Do people who need eyeglasses experience this fading in and out of vision? My doctor didn’t have any input to give me.

  5. Blake says:

    Heat causes blurred vision, dizziness and almost fainting?
    If it is hot, my girlfriend gets blurred vision, everything goes whitish, she gets really dizzy as if she is about to faint. On the three occasions that this has happened, she’s moved away from wherever she was to cool herself down and then has been sick. She’s not fainted any of these times but we reckon that is because she’s moved in time. Is this a common thing? Anything to help prevent it apart from moving? She does feel hot when it happens but just notices the dizzy feelings but assumes it is linked to heat. Any ideas?

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