Eye Sty

Sty Treatment with Our Chino Hills and San Dimas Optometrist Team

A sty (also spelled stye) is a common issue that can affect your eye. For many people, proper eye hygiene and at-home management are enough to prevent and help heal a sty. But in some cases, a sty will need professional care from an eye doctor. At the Hofacre Optometric Corporation, our San Dimas and Chino Hills optometrist team is happy to help you get the prompt care you need to feel better and avoid complications.

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What Is a Sty?

A sty is a small, red, and often painful red bump on the inside or outside edge of the eyelid. It develops when small oil glands in the skin or hair follicles near your eyelid become blocked and infected. The redness, swelling, and pain are part of the body's natural immune response to an infection. 

Other signs and symptoms of a sty, which can affect one or both eyes, include:

  • Eyelid swelling
  • Watery discharge that leaves a crusty residue around the eyelid
  • Light sensitivity
  • A sore, itchy, and/or gritty sensation in the eye

Risk Factors for a Sty

A sty tends to happen more often in adults, but can affect people of all ages. Certain health conditions, including diabetes, abnormal cholesterol levels, dandruff or dry skin, rosacea, and blepharitis may increase your risk of developing a sty. 

Complications of a Sty 

Stys themselves aren't contagious, but bacteria in a sty can spread if someone touches their eye and then touches other things or people before washing their hands. Stys can also make it difficult for someone to read, drive, and perform other tasks that require good vision.

Rubbing an itchy eye also increases the risk of corneal abrasions (scrapes on the clear part of the eye), which increases the risk of eye infections.

Eye Sty Treatment and Prevention: What Our Chino Hills and San Dimas Optometry Team Wants You to Know

Stys often go away on their own after one or two weeks. If you or a loved one has a sty lasting longer than two weeks, see an eye doctor. Our optometrists may implement or recommend a range of sty treatment options, including prescription antibiotics, steroid medications, or a procedure to drain the sty of pus and fluid. 

To heal and prevent your sty, we also recommend the following eye hygiene strategies:

  • Always wash your hands with soap and water before and after touching your eyes
  • Change your pillowcases every night
  • Use warm compresses on the eye for 10-15 minutes at a time for some soothing pain relief
  • Use eyeglasses instead of contact lenses until the sty heals
  • Do not wear makeup until the sty heals
  • Never pop, touch, or squeeze a sty

Is it Time for an Eye Exam?

If you live near San Dimas or Chino Hills, CA, and have concerns about your eye health, contact the Hofacre Optometric Association to schedule an eye exam. We're currently accepting new patients at our two locations, conveniently located in Costco! 

Hours of Operation

Our Regular Schedule

Chino Hills Office

Monday:

10:00 am-7:00 pm

Tuesday:

10:00 am-7:00 pm

Wednesday:

10:00 am-7:00 pm

Thursday:

10:00 am-7:00 pm

Friday:

10:00 am-7:00 pm

Saturday:

9:30 am-5:00 pm

Sunday:

10:00 am-4:00 pm

San Dimas Office

Monday:

10:00 am-7:00 pm

Tuesday:

10:00 am-7:00 pm

Wednesday:

10:00 am-7:00 pm

Thursday:

10:00 am-7:00 pm

Friday:

10:00 am-7:00 pm

Saturday:

9:30 am-5:00 pm

Sunday:

10:00 am-4:00 pm

Locations

Find us in Costco!