- External—occurs when the infection is external to the lash line
- Internal—occurs when the infection is inside of the lash line
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- Poor hygiene
- Chronic illness
- Previous hordeolum—hordeola often recur in the same eyelid
- Tearing of the eye
- Blurred vision
- A sensation of a foreign body or scratchiness in the eye
- Sometimes, there is a point or yellowish spot on the swollen area. This is where the discharge of pus will occur when the hordeolum drains.
- Always wash your hands before touching your eyes.
- Always use a clean facecloth when washing your face.
- Wash your eyelids with warm water and mild soap.
- Wash hands after coming in contact with infected people.
- Never squeeze or poke your eye.
- Do not rub your eye.
- Make sure your contacts are clean before putting them in.
- Do not share your makeup with anyone.
- Do not use old makeup.
- Replace eye makeup after your condition resolves.
The American Academy of Ophthalmology http://www.aao.org
The American Optometric Association http://www.aoa.org
Canadian Association of Optometrists http://www.opto.ca
Canadian Ophthalmological Society http://www.eyesite.ca
Hordeolum. The Merck Manual website. Available at: http://www.merckmanuals.com/professional/eye%5Fdisorders/eyelid%5Fand%5Flacrimal%5Fdisorders/chalazion%5Fand%5Fhordeolum%5Fstye.html. Accessed August 25, 2005.
Hordeolum (stye)/chalazion. John Hopkins website. Available at: http://prod.hopkins-abxguide.org/diagnosis/heent/hordeolum%5F%5Fstye%5F%5Fchalazion.html?contentInstanceId=255294. Accessed July 21, 2009.
Pasternak A, Irish B. Ophthalmologic infections in primary care. Clinics in Family Practice. 2004;6:19-633.
Skorin L. Hordeolum and chalazion treatment, the full gamut. Optometry Today website. Available at: http://www.optometry.co.uk/clinical/details?aid=247. Accessed August 25, 2005.
- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 05/2015 -
- Update Date: 05/19/2015 -