How to Get Rid of a Stye

Eye Services Boise, IDWhen it comes to worst preventable eye issues, styes have got to be at the top of the list. They’re annoying, painful, unsightly, and come seemingly out of nowhere at the worst times. Styes are caused by bacteria getting into the oil glands in the eyelids, where it usually mixes with dead skin cells and gets trapped. A day or two later, you get a nasty little red bump on or in your eyelid that is tender and makes your eyes water.

Thankfully, we are here to help you get rid of a stye as quickly as possible. Keep reading to learn how to help your stye heal fast and how you can prevent styes in the future.

Your first impression when you see a stye might be to squeeze it a little. After all, it is similar to a pimple that you might find on your chin. But before you squeeze it–don’t! Squeezing or trying to pop a stye will only make it worse. Try to be patient and gentle for the next few days.

Take out your contacts and wear your glasses for a few days. We strongly recommend throwing away those contacts and starting with a new, fresh pair when your stye has disappeared. The reason why is because your contacts might carry that bacteria, and just keep reinfecting you as you continue to wear them.

Wash your hands before you touch your eyes. This should be the rule for every day, but it’s especially important when you’re dealing with a stye. You don’t want to transfer it to the other eye, or introduce new bacteria to the problem. Try to avoid touching the eye, and keep busy so you can keep your mind off of it.

Wash your eye with a clean washcloth soaked with warm water and wrung out. Let the warm washcloth sit on your eye for five to ten minutes at a time, and gently massage the eye to loosen the stye. Get a new washcloth for each time you try this, every few hours a day.

If you have a stye that isn’t healing after a few days, or is actually getting worse, give us a call today to schedule a consultation. For our Meridian location, call (208) 342-5151 or for our Caldwell location, call (208) 459-0717.

Eye Safety This Summer

Eye Care Boise, ID We here at The Eye Associates know how you feel: summer is finally here and we can play outside! But before you head down the river, or pack up for a long camping trip in the mountains, take a moment to think about bringing along some eye protection.

After all, did you know that the American Academy of Ophthalmology links extended UV radiation and exposure to elements like wind and dust to eye issues like pinguecula and pterygium? Pinguecula (a yellow spot on your eye formed from calcium, protein, or fat) and Pterygium (a growth of fleshy tissue) may start out benign, but can impact vision and signal damage to the eye that we want to avoid.

Keep reading for the best ways to keep your eyes safe this summer!

Understand the Risk of UV Radiation

On any given day, your exposure to UV radiation may vary wildly. Depending on numerous factors like elevation, time of day, and proximity to water, you may be putting unnecessary strain on your eyes. UV rays are stronger the higher you go up into the mountains, during the hottest part of the day, and the closer you are to rivers, lakes, and even snow. Don’t underestimate the power of UV radiation, as it can still affect you on a cloudy day.

Invest in Quality Eye Protection

Know the difference between free sunglasses from the fair, and quality sunglasses that will protect your eyes. One great way of knowing the difference is a little sticker that says: “100% UV Protection.” When it comes to quality eye-protection, we always assume there’s some risk of UV radiation and pack accordingly. We keep a pair of sunglasses in our cars, in our boats, and even in our gear bags for when we’re going outdoors.

Keeping your eyes protected from damaging UV rays is important all year round, but many of us spend more time outside in the summer than other parts of the year. If you’re interested in a consultation with The Eye Associates, give us a call at 208-342-5151 for our Meridian location, or 208-459-0717 for our Caldwell location.

5 Tips for Healthy Eyes

Eye Exam Boise, IDIn addition to regular eye check ups, there are specific steps you can take every day to help guard your eyes against disease and keep them healthy. A proper diet, not smoking, proper eye care, and limiting computer time are all ways you can keep your eyes in check.

  1. Eating well: Start they day off by not only nourishing your body, but helping your eyes as well. Fill your plate with nutrients like lutein, zinc, vitamins C and E, and omega-3 fatty acids. When you visit the grocery store, look for the following foods: salmon, tuna, citrus fruits, oysters, pork, eggs, nuts, beans, kale, spinach, and other green leafy vegetables.
  2. Stop smoking: Smoking makes you more susceptible to developing cataracts, hurting your optic nerve, and macular degeneration. If you’ve already attempted to quit smoking, try again! Ask your doctor for help and the best resources to help you put a halt to this unhealthy habit. You can do it!
  3. Wear your sunglasses: Whenever you leave the house, grab your sunglasses. The correct pair of sunglasses can help shield your eyes from harmful ultra violet (UV) rays. If you go overboard on the UV exposure, you will increase your chance of getting cataracts or macular degeneration.
  4. Use eyewear protection: If you have an occupation that exposes you to hazardous materials or airborne objects, protective goggles or safety glasses are a must. If you play sports like ice hockey and racquetball be sure you have the right protective eye wear as well.
  5. Take a rest from the computer: With technological advancements, U.S. adults (and kids) spend an increasing amount of time in front of screens. Staring at the computer for too long can contribute to eyestrain, blurred vision, headaches, dry eyes, neck pain, and shoulder pain. To protect your eyes try looking away from the screen every now and then and blink a few times. Also, try using an anti-glare screen.

Arrange a consultation

Remember, one of the best ways to maintain eye health is to schedule regular eye exams. Call now to schedule your next appointment with The Eye Associates. You can contact our office at (Meridian) 208-342-5151 or (Caldwell) 208-459-0717.