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How long does a stye on your upper eyelid take to be removed if you go to the doctors? does the doctor have to sleep your eye when they drain it?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 53 years experience
Non surgery first: A stye is treated with frequent applications of moist heat for a while which usually will cause it to be absorbed or to discharge. Only if persistent despite treatment are they removed. By opening. Try the heat and if this does not work, then see your ophthalmologist for intervention. This is done under local, minimally uncomfortable and with rapid healing.
Dr. Brian Boxer Wachler
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
Stye treatment: If you have tried warm compresses and massage to the eyelid for a period of 3-4 days and there is no change in the size of the stye, seeing the eye doctor to have this opened and drained is the best option. It is a rather quick procedure in most cases. The doctor will numb your eyelid and then use tiny instruments to open the area of the stye and remove the stye.

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