Is draining a stye a painful procedure?

Stye drainage. Typically, a stye is numbed with local anesthesia, then drained. The actual numbing feels like a tiny bee sting, then the entire area goes numb. From that point on, most people feel nothing as the stye is drained. The eyelid may be sore for a day or two as the eyelid heals, but normal activities may be resumed soon after the procedure.