What is that in my eye?

By : Godoctr Team    Posted : 29-02-2016    3850    7    Like
What is that in my eye?

There's probably nothing more annoying than something really tiny just sitting there stinging your eye. No matter how much you want to keep your eyes open- and blink, and be normal, that 'thing' doesn't allow you to stay sane. No, we're not talking about the Foreign Body Syndrome here, we're talking about something more concrete- Styes. Hint-It's not a grain of sand in your eye.
A stye(or sty; medically, hordeoulum) is an inflamed swelling on the edge of an eyelid, caused by bacterial infection of the sebaceous glands at the base of an eyelash. It can also develop due to deprivation of sleep, rubbing eyes, lack of hygiene, lack of water, or even poor nutrition. If you ever rub your nose, and then your eye, you have a good chance you'll spread the staphylococcal bacteria from your nose to your eye. When you do so, a pimple will develop in the affected area, and the area will swell. However, a stye does not impair vision. First, a bump appears with a small, yellowish spot at its center, which may expand if pus fills the area.
Other symptoms commonly associated with a stye include:
  • A lump on the bottom of the eyelid (or top)
  • Localized swelling and pain
  • Redness
  • Foreign Body Sensation (FBS)
  • Light sensitivity
  • Tenderness
  • Tearing
Styes are particularly common in teenagers, but a person of any age can easily develop them. Normally, a stye will drain and heal on its own within a few days- usually within a week or less. Although, you can fasten the healing process by applying hot compresses over the affected area for about 10 minutes- three to four times a day for more than a couple days. Rarely, a stye may progress into a chalazion. A chalazion is a cyst in the eyelid, caused by inflammation of a blocked meibomian gland. 
Also, styes are contagious, so, if you have a stye, and don't want someone else to develop one because of you, please refrain from sharing bedsheets, pillowcases and towels. Once your sty is gone, wash these things before using them again. Since hands play a major role in causing styes, it is recommended to keep your hands washed and clean.
A word of caution- never pop or tweeze your stye. If it is an internal hordeolum (one on the inner eyelid), get a doctor to open and drain it. If you are frequently experiencing styes, consult your doctor. He may prescribe you an antibiotic ointment, or pre-moistened eyelid-cleaning pads to maintain eye hygiene.


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