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Stye (Hordeolum): painful bumps near the eye

A hordeolum, also commonly known as a stye, is the inflammation of the eyelid margin due to a bacterial infection of the lash follicles (external hordeolum) or meibomian glands (internal hordeolum). It is a pus-filled abscess that should be treated as soon as possible for comfort and cosmetic reasons.

An external hordeolum looks like a pimple next to an eyelash at first, then becomes a firm and painless bump at the eyelid margin. An internal hordeolum, on the other hand, is a painful lump inside the eyelid near the eyelid margin, and may feel gritty as it rubs against the eye.

A stye will often disappear within 10-14 days. However, it is important not to squeeze the stye as this pressure can force the bacteria or infection back towards the glands and cause scarring.

To see one of our optometrists for an eye examination or to find out more, please contact us on 9728 7288.

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