June 29, 2016

Sty

What types of doctors treat a sty?

Primary-care providers, including pediatricians, often diagnose and treat styes. Eye specialists, including optometrists and ophthalmologists, are called upon to treat more advanced cases such as those that appear infected or those that recur.

How do health-care professionals diagnose a sty (stye)?

The doctor will examine the lids to locate the opening of the plugged gland. This helps to distinguish between a hordeolum and a chalazion. Also, the doctor will look for signs of scar tissue, foreign bodies, and underlying chronic meibomitis.

In addition, the doctor will look for any signs that the gland may have become infected. It is particularly important to identify infection that has spread from the gland to the neighboring skin, tissue around the eye, or the eye itself. Continue Reading

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