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A guide to preventing and treating a Stye

Published on
January 13, 2023

If you've noticed a bump on your eyelid that looks like a pimple or blister, it may be a stye. These bumps are caused by infected oil glands in your eyelids and can be uncomfortable and unsightly. In this blog post, we will explain what a stye is and how to properly treat it.

What is a stye?

A stye, also known as a hordeolum, is a bump on the eyelid that is caused by an infection in the oil glands. These oil glands, located in both the upper and lower eyelids, produce oils that go into our tears to prevent them from evaporating. When the glands become backed up and infected, a stye can form.

How is a stye treated?

If you have a stye, it is important to see our eye doctor for proper treatment. However, there are some steps you can take at home to help bring down the bump and clear the infection. One of the most effective methods is to use a warm compress. Place a warm, damp cloth over the stye for 5-10 minutes, then gently massage the area. The warmth will help to melt the oil and the massage will help to move it out of the gland.

It is important to continue using the warm compress and massaging the stye until it has cleared up, as stopping too soon can cause the bump to get bigger. It may take several weeks for the stye to fully go away.

What can you do to prevent stye?

To prevent styes from forming, it is important to practice good eyelid hygiene. This includes regularly cleaning the area with a gentle, oil-free cleanser and avoiding touching or rubbing your eyes. If you wear eye makeup, make sure to remove it thoroughly before going to bed and to replace your makeup regularly to prevent the buildup of bacteria.

Visit our eye doctor in Bellflower for a stye or an emergency eye exam 

It is recommended to see an eye doctor if you have a stye that is not improving, is uncomfortable, or is getting bigger. An eye exam will allow our optometrist to properly diagnose the stye and determine the best course of treatment. In some cases, a stye may be a sign of an underlying eye condition that needs to be treated. An eye exam can also help to rule out other potential causes of the bump on your eyelid. Even if the stye is small and does not seem to be causing any problems, it is still a good idea to have it checked out to ensure that it is properly treated and to prevent any potential complications. To schedule an appointment, please call (562) 925-6591.


I haven't actually used the optometrist side, so my review is limited to the vision therapy offered.  This office was recommended by my occupational therapist for the treatment of my double vision following a stroke.

Claire A.

Love this location. I had a brain injury accident from day one one. All the team make you feel you still important and hope in the horizon after when the medical system fell you miserably. Dr. Ikeda very professional and very understanding about your issue. Two tombs up.

Jim K.

My husband and I were immediately impressed with Dr Ikeda. I was hit by a car while cycling which caused broken bones and three brain injuries. The brain injuries caused double vision. Dr. Ikeda examined my eyes and got me started on vision therapy with his occupational therapist who specializes in vision therapy.  She (Chris) is absolutely great.  I am impressed with the array of tools used to help recover my binocular vision.  I am doing things I never thought were possible (balance boards etc).  Chris pushes me and keeps me motivated. I really enjoy my sessions with her.  The office staff is always friendly and they have a wonderful appointment reminder tool that makes it easy to keep my calendar up to date. I am happy the rehab center at Little Co. of Mary recommended them!!

Teresa S.

The Vision Therapy is handled in a separate office through a different door from the shared waiting room. Chris, the vision therapist, has a wide and varied assortment of tools, equipment and resources to best evaluate and treat most vision issues. After just a few visits, my double vision became easier to control, using exercises developed during the therapy process. It was time well-spent.

Joe M.

I have been coming here since I can remember. I love it here. The staff is so amazing and nice. They explain everything they gonna do and never make you feel rushed. Dr. Ikeda has always been my doctor and I would never want another one. He is the doctor for my whole family and is always asking how everyone is doing. I am also so crazy about picking out my frames and have to try so many and each person who helps me take the time and lets me try them all on. I would never want to go anywhere else! I definitely would recommend this office to anyone looking for a great eye doctor.

Kayla W.

This is not for the eye exam but for the frames selection portion. I brought my prescription from Kaiser here with my VSP insurance. The reception staff was very polite and professional.  Manny helped me to pick out frames and explain my coverage.  Very helpful and patient not like the individual at the other place I rated here on Yelp.  I was running late and he still helped me and was not bothered at all.  I am so glad I came here ..........very pleased.

Very professional staff and pleasant.

Daniel G.
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