Eye Stye is a bacteria-infected localised inflammation of the upper or lower eyelid which have Zeis glands that produce a secretion to keep the area moist and soft. Eye stye occurs when staphylococcal bacteria infect one of the tiny glands at the base of the eyelid hairs and then becomes inflamed. An infection bacterium is frequently transferred from one hair shaft to another when rubbing it to relieve itching.

Patient may experience pain, swelling, heat and redness on the base of eyelid. It can be affected around the eyelid and eyelashes. A stye can occur at any age. Generally, this infection responds well to treatment but tends to recur. Styes are usually harmless and will go away after several days on their own as your body fights the infection. However they look bumpy and ugly.


Causes of Eye-Stye


The main cause of stye is the staphylococcal organisms eyelid infections, but other organisms may be involved.

poor nutrition
sleep deprivation
lack of hygiene or rubbing of the eyes

Other debilitating illness
Styes are caused by staphylococcal bacteria.
Using eyeliner or other eye products can irritate the eye.
This bacterium is often found in the nose, and it's easily transferred to the eye by rubbing first your nose, then your eye.
weakness of the immune system
Using mascara, eyeliner or other eye products can irritate


Symptoms of Eye-Stye


Redness accompanied by slight pain.
Discomfort when blinking
Swollen, red, tender upper or lower eyelid.
Difficulty to open the eyes in bright light
Tearing of the eye.
Sensitivity to light
Blurred vision
Eye pain
A gritty, scratchy sensation as if there is a foreign body
Lump or swelling in the eyelid


Treatment of Eye - Stye


Application of prescribed antibiotic drops may also be used to help fight the infection

Boil a handful of acacia leaves in two cups of water to make a decoction and apply it as compress on the eyelids

A grated potato used as a poultice, reduce swelling in inflamed eyes.

Surgical drainage of the stye may also be necessary if the stye is not responding to treatment

Application of prescribed antibiotic drops may also be used to help fight the infection


Boil 1 teaspoon of coriander seeds with a cupful of water like an herbal tea preparation to wash the eyes 3-4 times a day.

Antibiotic creams may help recurrent or persistent styes

Any one or a combination of antibiotic or steroid drops or injections; warm compresses for 5 to 10 minutes, 3 or 4 times a day; gentle massage to express the glandular secretions ; or surgical drainage.