Styes and Chalazions
If you are worried about a stye or chalazion, call (07) 3345 3383 to book a comprehensive assessment.
Signs of a Stye or Chalazion
- Eyelid swelling
- Yellowish discharge
- Sensitivity to light (photophobia)
- Feeling like there’s something in the eye / or a gritty feeling
- Watery eye
- A crust that forms on the edge of the eyelid
What Causes it?
Styes are caused by a bacterial infection. Usually the bacteria grows in the root (follicle) of an eyelash and results in an infection in one of the oil glands inside the eyelid. A chalazion forms when an oil gland in the eyelid becomes blocked. If an internal stye doesn’t drain and heal, it can turn into a chalazion.
How do You Know if You Have a Stye or Chalazion?
Optometrists can diagnose these problems by closely examining the eyelid and oil glands inside the eyelid. We can also use slit lamp cameras to monitor its growth/recovery.
How to Treat Styes and Chalazions
If a stye is not getting better, book an appointment to see your optometrist. Sometimes you may need a prescription for antibiotic eye ointment, eyedrops, or oral tablets.