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Lumps and Bumps on the Eyes

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Have you ever had a tiny, painful bump on your eyelid that made your eye feel uncomfortable? This little bump is called a stye, and it can be quite annoying. But don’t worry! There’s a friendly eye professional who can help you feel better – your optometrist! In this blog, we’ll explain how your nearest eye doctor can treat a stye. 

What’s a Stye?

A stye, also known as a hordeolum, is a red, swollen bump that appears on the edge of your eyelid. It’s usually caused by a bacterial infection in the small oil glands near your eyelashes.

How Can Perception Eyecare Help?

When you visit an optometrist for a stye, they’ll start by taking a close look at your eye. They will ask you questions about when the stye started, if it hurts, and any other symptoms you might have.

Warm Compress:

One of the simplest and most effective treatments for a stye is a warm compress. Your optometrist will recommend that you use an eye mask to gently apply heat to the stye. This helps to open up the blocked oil gland and promote drainage, which can ease the pain and swelling.

Antibiotic Ointment or Drops:

In some cases, your optometrist may prescribe antibiotic ointment or eye drops. These medicines can help fight the bacteria causing the stye. It’s important to follow their instructions carefully when using these medications.

Lid Hygiene:

Your optometrist might give you tips on how to keep your eyelids clean and healthy. They might suggest using eyelid scrubs or gentle cleansers to prevent future styes.

Written by Dr. Jasjeet Shinger

Dr. Jasjeet Shinger has an Honours Bachelor of Science degree and completed her Doctorate of Optometry with honours at the University of Waterloo. While attaining her Doctorate in Optometry, Dr. Shinger worked with a binocular vision and pediatric specialist during her clinical externship, which helped her gain a keen interest in helping patients manage binocular vision deficiencies that can affect learning.
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