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Exploring Hordeolum

Many people will make an appointment with their eye doctor in Miami Beach because they have a lump on the edge of their eyelid that is causing them substantial amounts of pain. This lump is usually a collection of pus that is caused by the staphylococcus bacteria. The hordeolum, which is also known as a stye, usually looks like a pimple or a boil and may sometimes discharge a white or yellow fluid. A hordeolum most commonly forms on the outside of a person’s eyelid, but they can also form on the inside as well. An internal stye is going to be a lot more painful than an external one, and it may be treated by Miami eye doctors differently than an external one.

How to Determine if You Have a Stye

There are several ocular conditions which result in a lump on the eyelid, but not all of them are considered a hordeolum. In order to help you figure out if you actually have one or not, your Miami optometrist may ask you if you have been experiencing any of these symptoms:

● Swelling of the eyelid in addition to the bump being present.

● A tenderness to your eye when touched or rubbed.

● Redness of the sclera, which is the white part of your eye.

● A burning sensation when blinking or moving your eyes.

● An itchiness that won’t go away, even after rubbing your eyes (which is not recommended!).

● Excessive tearing or sensitivity to light.

How to Treat a Hordeolum

If your eye doctor has diagnosed your condition as a stye, then you likely won’t need to do anything in order to get better. This is a condition that will normally resolve itself within a few days. You can ask your doctor for some medication to help with the pain, and they may also prescribe you special eye drops that will help to keep your eye lubricated as they will likely be drier than normal when you have a stye. If you are prescribed eyeglasses in Miami Beach, then you need to make sure that you are keeping them clean and sanitized. People often touch their glasses before they touch their eyes, and this can lead to the transference of bacteria into the eye, resulting in a hordeolum.

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