Stye Treatment in Alpharetta, GA
A stye, often referred to as a sty, is the common name given to the medical condition called hordeolum. In essence, a stye is a small red bump at the corner of the eye. This bump is typically painful and often filled with pus. Many people describe a stye as similar to a pimple. A stye often accompanies eyelid inflammation, known medically as blepharitis. Most sties are benign and relatively harmless, although a serious stye can cause major discomfort.
Both preventive and reactive treatment for a stye is available. Request more information today: call (470) 220-4017 or contact Eye Associates of North Atlanta, LLC online.
A stye forms in the corner of the eye, typically appearing as a small red bump. There are numerous reasons this bump can occur, almost all of them are related to eye health. The most common stye causes include:
- Poor eye hygiene
- Bacteria in the eye
- Eyelid inflammation (blepharitis)
Poor hygiene is the most common cause of a stye. When the eye is insufficiently clean, bacteria builds up and leads to a minor infection. That, in turn, causes the stye to form and fill with pus. Common hygienic sources of a stye include:
- Poorly cleaned contact lenses
- Frequent touching of the eye with unclean hands
- Leaving eye makeup on too long
- Using expired cosmetics
The most common and prominent symptom is the stye itself. In most cases, a stye is immediately visible in the corner of the eye as a small red bump. This bump can vary in size depending on the severity of the infection. Sties that are very large require more immediate treatment.
People who are dealing with a stye often have other symptoms. Common signs and symptoms of a stye include:
- Eye pain
- Eyelid swelling
- Pain when closing or opening the eye
Symptoms typically get worse the larger a stye is.
Most sties will go away without treatment after about 48 hours. A severe stye, however, may necessitate treatment to relieve symptoms and restore health vision. When a stye becomes very large, or incredibly painful, it's important to get treatment immediately.
If a stye has not improved or has worsened after 48 hours, possible treatment options include:
- Antibiotic eyedrops
- Antibiotic creams
Antibiotics are thought to stem the infection and stop it from spreading to other parts of the eye. Surgery is only used as a last resort in order to remove a stye that will not burst or go away on its own. During stye surgery, which is typically provided by an ophthalmologist, the stye is lanced. This means a very small tool is used to puncture and drain the infected area.
Request More Information Today
Dealing with a serious stye can be very painful. Request more information about stye treatment today: call (470) 220-4017 or contact Eye Associates of North Atlanta, LLC online.
Eye Associates of North Atlanta, LLC
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We are located in the North Point Park office complex. There is one entrance off of North Point Parkway, and two entrances off of Rock Mill Road. The North Point Parkway entrance will provide the easiest access to our suite.