What is a Stye?

A stye, or hordeolum, is a small bump that can appear on the outside or inside of eyelid developing from an eyelash follicle or an eyelid oil gland that becomes clogged from excess oil, debris or bacteria. Styes can be brought about by increased stress, but can also be a complication of blepharitis (inflammation of eyelid). The treatment includes warm compresses, gentle massage of affected area and antibiotic ointment or eye drops.