Styes

Stye Treatment From Your Eye Doctor in Culpeper, VA

A stye (or hordeolum) is an infection of one of the oil glands in the eyelids, and patients of all ages can be affected. In addition to pain around the infected gland, styes can also cause irritation to the eye surface, and without proper medical attention from a skilled optometrist, the infection can eventually spread to other areas of the eye. As an experienced and trusted eye doctor in Culpeper VA, Dr. Miles Press helps patients relieve the painful symptoms caused by styes and prevent the spread of infection by using advanced treatment options tailored to the needs of each patient.

stye treatment from your eye doctor in culpeper

What Causes a Stye?

 Styes form when bacteria enter an oil gland inside the upper or lower eyelid. Once inside the oil gland, the bacteria multiply and cause an infection. Inflammation of the gland causes a pimple-like lump to form, either on the outside of the lid or on the inside. The lump is filled with pus, and it can be quite painful. Styes may occur more commonly in people with inflammatory diseases of the eyelids, in those who use old or contaminated makeup or who don’t remove their makeup properly, and in people who don’t cleanse their eyelids regularly. Hormonal changes and chronic or acute stress can also contribute to sty formation in some people.

What are the Symptoms of a Stye?

The most common symptoms of styes are pain or burning sensations as well as redness and swelling in the eyelid and general irritation of the eye. Many styes cause a foreign body sensation - the feeling that an object is poking the eye. 

How will My Eye Doctor near Culpeper Diagnose and Treat My Stye?

Some styes can be managed with the application of warm compresses to help “unblock” a pimple so symptoms can be relieved. However, because a stye can harbor harmful bacteria, it’s always a good idea to see an eye doctor to prevent more serious complications that can compromise your vision and your eye health. Diagnosis and treatment begin with an eye exam to evaluate the stye and to confirm the diagnosis. Treatment may include eye drops to protect the eye from additional irritation, pain medication to relieve symptoms and inflammation, or antibiotics to kill bacteria and prevent the spread of infection. Very large styes may need to be drained to relieve symptoms and prevent interference with vision. 

What can I do to Prevent a Stye from Forming?

One of the best ways to prevent styes is to avoid rubbing or touching your eyes. When you rub your eyes, bacteria on your hands can enter the eye and cause a stye to form. If you must touch your eyes (such as when inserting contacts), be sure to thoroughly wash your hands first. Never share eye makeup or contact lenses or lens containers. And of course, it's also important to see your optometrist at the first sign of eye pain or discomfort.

Schedule an Eye Exam With Our Eye Docto Near Culpeper Today!

Dr. Press is skilled in diagnosing and treating styes and other eye problems. If you have pain in your eyelid or in any area of your eye, it’s critically important to schedule an eye exam with an eye doctor near Culpeper as soon as possible. To schedule your exam, call Eye Care of Virginia at 540-822-0113 today.

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  • "Dr. Press CARES about his patients, insurance or not AND he is the most thorough eye doctor I have ever been to. The prescription he gave me, made me see correctly, once again, I am so thankful. Dr Press and his staff are great!"
    Katrin H
  • "I'm so glad I changed eye doctors. I had been going to Dr. H by the hospital for a long time and he had given me a prescription for contacts that I tried and tried to wear with no success. Dr. Press gave the right "size" contacts and was able to walk out wearing the contacts with no problem! He has great manners and even took my blood pressure! Glad to have finally found a knowledgeable Optometrist I can SEE in a regular basis."
    Ines P
  • "I recently needed to change my vision prescription and was finally in need of bifocals. I went to see Dr. Miles Press for both convenience (local eye doctor) and because he accepted my insurance. I needed to have vision in my right eye adjusted several times, and several right lenses replaced. Dr.Miles Press worked tirelessly to make sure my vision was correct and I was never charged for each subsequent visit or lens replacement. I've never had an eye doctor like that before, that really cares and is fast and on the ball with knowledge to get you the correct prescription. He also cared that I went with Progressive lenses over bifocals because they provide three fields of view and eliminate the annoying line. To sum it up, an eye doctor that treats you like he would his own family is a rare experience. I will continue to go to Dr. Miles Press as long as he is in business and accepts my insurance. No question."
    Thomas C
  • "I didn't know my vision could change, and I also didn't know that I could see the world more clearly than how I was already seeing it! Dr. Press was professional and very helpful and educating! Highly recommend!"
    Karla N
  • "Dr. Miles Press was very professional, knowledgeable, and friendly. He explained a lot about my eye care that no Dr. has ever taken the time to do."
    Wendy S