Ask an Eye M.D.Question Topics
Ask an Eye M.D. Answer Archive
Please read our important medical disclaimer.
Are styes in the eye contagious?
Styes are not contagious, but rather a local infection or inflammation of the oil-producing glands of the eyelids. Local treatment is usually warm compresses and most will resolve without antibiotics. Few will progress to significant eyelid infections marked by substantial swelling and pain. They may be recurrent in some people, possibly because of eyelid chemistry specific to a patient.
Answered by: Michael Repka, MD
Have a question that hasn't been answered yet? Ask it!
Answered: May 09, 2012
Search for Questions & Answers
Meet Our Experts
- Your questions are answered by more than two dozen members of the American Academy of Ophthalmology who volunteer their time with EyeSmart.