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Dry eyes have become a prevalent issue these days. Dry eyes are such a bother. You are stuck with the burning, itching, tearing, and gritty feeling all day long. Interestingly, there is a belief that dry eyes can progress to a bothersome eye infection called ‘styes’. Therefore, it’s high time to know the truth. If this is true, You or your loved ones can get dry eyes and end up with a ‘styes’.

 

Let’s find out if the dry eyes can ‘actually’ cause styes or it’s just a myth.

 

Can Dry Eyes Cause Styes?

Yes, dry eyes can cause stye if not properly taken care of. Acne Rosacea and Meibomian dysfunction can also lead to this uncomfortable eye condition. However, dry eyes are the most common cause of styes.

 

What are Styes? How Dry Eyes Cause Styes?

Styes are those annoying bumps or pimples that show up on the edge of your eyelid. They are uncomfortable, red, swollen, and tender to the touch but usually harmless. Styes do not necessarily require medical treatment. They go away on their own in a few days.

 

Now, the question is how dry eyes cause stye. Well, Dry eyes are also a bit uncomfortable. To alleviate the discomfort, we usually rub our eyes. When we rub our eyes with unwashed hands, the bacteria move from the hands to the eyelid and give birth to a stye. If you practice good hand hygiene while having dry eyes, you usually do not develop stye.

 

Dry eyes usually lead to styes when there is redness and inflammation on your eyelid. Blurred vision, eye fatigue, and the sensation of having something in your eyes are also signals of the same uncomfortable eye condition.

 

How to Prevent and Treat Styes?

Since styes is not a very ‘serious’ eye condition, you can prevent and treat it easily. 

How to Prevent?

To prevent styes, you need to make sure you do not get dry eyes in the first place. If you manage to prevent dry eyes, you are less likely to develop styes as well. To not end up with dry eyes, you have to 

 

  • Limit your screen time
  • Stay hydrated
  • Develop a good blinking habit
  • Use humidifiers in dry indoor environments 

 

Surprisingly, you can prevent styes even when you have dry eyes. To avoid this, all you have to do is be gentle to your eyes, avoid rubbing, and practice good hand hygiene.

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How to treat?

Styes are not just simpler to prevent, they are easier to treat as well. To get rid of this uncomfortable eye condition, you have to 

  • Apply a warm compress – A warm compress is the ultimate treatment of styes. The heat softens up the stye and promotes drainage. Moreover, it reduces the swelling, and discomfort, and speeds up the healing process. Soak a clean cloth in warm water for two or three minutes, squeeze out the water, and place it on the stye. Do it several times a day to recover faster. Remember to use clean cloth every single time. Otherwise, the condition can worsen.


  • Apply antibiotic ointment – A warm compress is not the ultimate stye treatment. You have to apply an antibiotic ointment as well. It does not just help to clear up the infection but prevent it from spreading as well. You can use any antibiotic ointment for this job. However, it is better to use the one recommended by a doctor.


  • Practice good hand hygiene – Even if you are applying a warm compress and antibiotic ointment, you have to practice good hygiene. Wash your hands more frequently and avoid touching your eyes. 


  • Avoid wearing makeup – You should avoid wearing makeup until the stye heals completely. If you have to wear makeup, avoid putting anything on the affected area. The makeup interferes with the healing process and spreads the disease as well.


  • Avoid using a dirty towel – A dirty towel has a lot of bacterias. Therefore, it can introduce more bacteria to your styes and assist in worsening your eye condition. Wipe off your face with a tissue or use a clean towel every single time until the stye heals completely.


  • Avoid squeezing – Squeezing styles can also make things worse. Therefore, you have to avoid it at all costs. Otherwise, the infection would spread and cause more discomfort.


  • Consult a doctor – If even after trying all the home remedies nothing works, consult a doctor. You should also consult a doctor if the stye is taking too long to heal. More importantly, follow the doctor’s advice to get rid of styes.

 

Conclusion

Yes, dry eyes can cause styes if you do not practice good hand hygiene. Dry eyes are itchy. When you rub your eyes with dirty hands, the bacteria hitch a ride from your hands to the eyes. It fuels the growth of tiny red, swollen, tender bumps called styes.

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