What is Stye?


A stye is a common condition affecting the inside or outside of your eyelid. It is a small, painful lump that can cause discomfort. In rare cases, it can cause obstructed vision. Sometimes it can fill with yellow pus.

The condition often resolves itself in a couple of weeks. Further treatment may be required if there are complications. These are rare though. Styes rarely cause lasting eye damage.

A stye occurs when the glands at the base of your eyelashes become infected. They swell up, resulting in the stye.

What are the symptoms of Stye?

  • Painful lump on outside of eyelid
  • Watery eyes
  • Red eyes

What are the causes of Stye?

  • Bacterial infection
  • Inflammation of the eyelid (blepharitis)

How do you treat Stye?

  • Warm towel compress
  • Surgery in rare cases
  • Eyelid baths
  • Antibiotics
  • Laser eye surgery