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When to Seek Medical Care for a Stye

Sometimes, complications may occur from a seemingly innocent problem. Immediately contact an ophthalmologist (a medical doctor who specializes in eye care and surgery) if any of the following problems occur:

  • The eye is swollen shut.
  • Redness appears around the entire eye.
  • There is any change or disturbance in one's vision.
  • Swelling lasts for more than three weeks.
  • The stye or styes come back or bleed.
  • Eyelashes fall out.
  • The stye is on the bottom eyelid, near the nose.
  • The white part of the eye becomes red.
  • Pus or thick discharge continues to drain from the eye.
  • One has a fever higher than 100.5 F.
  • One has excessive persistent tearing.
  • One has persistent redness of the surface of the eye.
  • One has significant pain.
  • The stye recurs, especially if the stye does so in the same location as a previous stye.
  • One has swelling of the lymph nodes in the neck or in front of the ear on the side of the stye.
  • One experiences double vision.

Go to an ophthalmologist for any of the above symptoms. If one is unable to be evaluated by an ophthalmologist, go to the hospital's emergency department if experiencing any of the above problems.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/16/2015

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