Eyelid Stye Surgeon
So you woke up with a painful eyelid only to stumble into the bathroom to discover a swollen red bump on your eyelid. It looks like you’ve got a stye which can be quite painful, but is usually quite harmless. Styes can often be treated at home, but should be evaluated by a doctor if they do not improve or resolve within a week or so. Some styes may need to be drained before the condition will resolve and this is where an eyelid stye surgeon can help. Read on to learn more about what causes a stye and what you can do to speed the healing of this painful condition.
What is a stye?
A stye is a red and swollen bump on either the upper or lower eyelid that is caused by an infection at the root of the follicle for a single eyelash in most cases. The bacterium invades the follicle area and causes infection, swelling, pain, and in some cases pus which must be drained. When this occurs you may experience significant discomfort in your eye area leading to a visit to an eyelid stye surgeon if home treatments fail to resolve the problem or if complications develop.
How is a stye treated?
Styes will often resolve with warm compresses at home, but may require further treatment from your primary care doctor or ophthalmologist. These treatments will usually include a topical antibiotic first and an oral antibiotic may be added if this is ineffective. Good hygiene of the area and the hands before applying the medication is recommended. If the stye fails to resolve you may be referred to an eyelid stye surgeon for further treatment or for surgery to drain the stye.
How can an eyelid stye surgeon help me?
An eyelid stye surgeon can evaluate your condition and decide if surgery is right for you. If surgery is the best course of action the area will be numbed and the stye will be drained. This will help the stye to heal much more quickly. Recovery times from these procedures are usually fairly quick and most patients feel better within a few days. After surgery you will want to keep the area clean and dry while following all postoperative instructions from your surgeon for the best outcome.
If you have a stye and have tried home care without success it’s important to see your family doctor or ophthalmologist for further treatment. They can prescribe antibiotics or refer you to an eyelid stye surgeon (oculoplastic specialist) if necessary. If this is the case your surgeon can drain the stye and help you on your way to a much faster recovery. As with any procedure there are risks and benefits. While most cases are successful and the procedure is a very minor surgery there could still be complications. To know if this procedure is right for you or to learn more about the treatment of your condition see an eyelid stye surgeon today for more information.
Dr. Mehryar (Ray) Taban is one of the few board certified surgeons who is a member of the American Society of Oculofacial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS), diplomat of the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery (ABCS), and the American Board of Ophthalmology (AAO or ABO). Dr. Taban specializes in eyelid and facial plastic (cosmetic and reconstructive) surgery. He uses the latest technology in surgery, including minimal incision techniques, to provide quicker recovery times and natural outcomes. Learn more about Dr. Taban here.