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Have reoccurring styes on both eyes. No conjunctivitis, but the upper and lower lids are swollen and hurt much. Stye so large blocks sight. What 2do?

Have reoccurring styes on both eyes. No conjunctivitis, but the upper and lower lids are swollen and hurt much. Stye so large blocks sight. What 2do?

Ophthalmologist: You should consult an ophthalmologist as there may be a problem with chronic dryness or inflammation of the eyelid glands and ducts that require rather intensive treatments with soaks and eye medications so that recurrent inflection doesn't occur. ...Read more

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Dr. Jon Fishburn
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Conjunctivitis (Definition)

Conjunctivitis is an inflammation of the thin mucous membrane that lines the front surface of the eyeball and the inside of the eyelids. As the inflammation increases, it causes the tiny blood vessels in the conjunctiva to dilate, thus leading to a redness of the eye. Depending on the cause of the conjunctitis there can also be itching, irritation, and discharge ...Read more


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How to know if you have pink eye or stye?

How to know if you have pink eye or stye?

Location: Pink eye, with several causes, leads to redness of the eye itself (the conjunctival lining over the white of the eye). Usually some discomfort, discharge and light sensitivity. Styes are in the lids, cause focal swelling, sometimes much pain and tenderness, and rarely affect vision. ...Read more

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I have had a stye in my eye for 3 weeks and have now developed pink eye in the same eye. What should I do?

I have had a stye in my eye for 3 weeks and have now developed pink eye in the same eye. What should I do?

OPTHALMOLOGIST: Some source of infection - frequently staph and needs compresses, and likely antibiotics. If any eye disease previously, may need to go to er. ...Read more

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Is pink eye caused by the same virus as a stye?

Is pink eye caused by the same virus as a stye?

No: Pink eye is caused by respiratory infection viruses, and is very contagious. A stye is an infected hair follicle, and a bacterial infection. A stye can be treated with warm compresses. ...Read more

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Can a stye turn into pink eye? When should I get my eye checked out to see how bad the stye is?

Can a stye turn into pink eye? When should I get my eye checked out to see how bad the stye is?

Better be checked: Now, if you're concerned about your eye, a stye is still not a common occurrence, see your doctor/eye doctor ...Read more

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I have pink eye and a stye in my eye at the same time they occurred at the same time... .can this be dangerous?

I have pink eye and a stye in my eye at the same time they occurred at the same time... .can this be dangerous?

Not additive: These by themselves are uncomfortable but rarely ever harmful.. If both occur at the same time, that compounds the discomfort but does not make either condition worse. There is no especial danger to these occurring together. ...Read more

Dr. Andrea Kossler
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Hordeolum (Definition)

This is an inflammation of a gland in the lid, analogous to a pimple, in which stagnated secretion becomes infected and sets up a focal inflammation. It is a fancy term for what most ...Read more