Treatment of Sty Eye
Stys can last from one to two weeks without treatment, or as little as
four days if treated properly. Treatment is essential in cases where
stys are painful, the infection looks like flaring up, pus is visible
in the eye or the eye has visible swelling.
Usually a topical antibiotic course is prescribed. Commonest
antibiotics used is erythromycin
ophthalmic ointment. Others include chloramphenicol or
amoxicillin. Chloramphenicol is avoided due to
concerns about aplastic anemia, which on rare occasions can be fatal.
Erythromycin ointment has the most widespread use.
AzaSite, a topical
eye drop form of azithromycin,
penetrates eyelid tissues better, and may be used in cases where the
ointment appears inadequate.
If pus point is clearly visible, doctor may consider draining of the pus out with a
needle under total aseptic conditions.
Pain relievers such as acetaminophen may be
prescribed to relieve pain if required.
If a sty bursts, care must be taken to cleanse the wound to
of sty eye formation
- Observe proper hygiene. Proper hand washing after sports, outdoor
works, reduces the
risks of developing styes.
- Apply a warm washcloth to the eyelids for five to
ten minutes two a day. This decreases
the occurrence of stys by liquefying the contents of the oil glands of
the eyelid and thereby preventing blockage.
- Never share cosmetics or
cosmetic eye tools with other people. Keep your eye
- Remove makeup every night before going to sleep and
discard old or contaminated eye makeup.
- Sty eye complications occur in very rare cases. Most frequent
complication of sty is progression to a chalazion. This may cause
cosmetic deformity, corneal irritation, and often requires surgical
- Complications may also arise from the improper surgical drainage,
leading to disruption of lash growth, lid deformity
or lid fistula.
- Stys that are too large may interfere with one's
- Eyelid cellulitis is another potential complication. This is a
generalized infection of the eyelid.