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How can you treat styes and chalazia?

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  • They usually clear up in a few weeks on their own, but there are ways you can help to move the process along: First, never poke, squeeze or try to pop a stye or a chalazion. This could cause a more serious problem.
  • Place a warm, folded cloth on your eye several times a day.
  • Massage the swollen area gently to help drain the clogged gland.
  • Once the sore drains, keep the area clean and keep your hands away from your eyes.
  • Go without eye makeup or contact lenses until the eyelid has healed. (Your contacts may contain bacteria that caused the infection.)
  • Clean your lenses before using them again, along any contact lens accessories you've used.

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Cheng, K. , published online April 19, 2014. Cochrane Library

Mayo Clinic: “Sty.”

American Optometric Association: “Chalazion.”

 

Reviewed by Brian S. Boxer Wachler on August 2, 2018

SOURCES:

Cheng, K. , published online April 19, 2014. Cochrane Library

Mayo Clinic: “Sty.”

American Optometric Association: “Chalazion.”

 

Reviewed by Brian S. Boxer Wachler on August 2, 2018

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