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Stye Definition


A hordeolum is a small infection of the glands in the eye, located in the eyelids. The infection causes a red bump on the eyelid that may look like a pimple. This type of infection, also known as a stye, is usually quite painful. There are two types of hordeolums:

External—occurs when the infection is external to the lash line

Internal—occurs when the infection is inside of the lash line

Hordeola are often easily diagnosed and prompt treatment often prevents progression of the infection. Contact your doctor if you think you may have a hordeolum.

Hordeolum (Stye)

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