Optometrist Questions Styes

“Can styes in my eyes affect my eyesight?”

I have styes around my eyes. Are these likely to affect my eyesight in the long run?

7 Answers

They can leave scars. Wash your hands and finger nails well, touch your face and eyes less. Use heat, hot as you can stand and pressure for 20 minutes at least 4 times a day to soften and/or open styles before they harden and scar.
No, but styes are a sign of meibomian gland dysfunction, which is the leading cause of dry eye. Having dry eye can cause fluctuations in your vision. Seek out a dry eye specialist in your area.
Styes around the eyes are harmless to your eyesight. If you tend to get styes on the regular then make sure that you use an eyelid cleaner to clean you lids twice a day and do warm compresses to prevent your glands from getting clogged. If you begin to see redness and or swelling that involves the entire eyelid or extends to the side of the face/cheek, then seek care from a licensed eye doctor.
Many times recurrent styes are coming from a common condition called blepharitis. Blepharitis can also lead to dry eye syndrome. If your eyes are “dry”, you do not have a cohesive tear film which can lead to blurry vision.
Yes, styes can get big and warp the cornea, changing the vision. Also, they can cause long term damage to the oil ducts that are infected can cause severe dry eye and lid margin scarring/distortion.
Yes and no. Get styes treated. Recurrent styes are an indication of chronic dry eyes, possibly with Meibomian gland dysfunction. This can certainly affect the vision.