Stye - Symptoms 

Symptoms of a stye 

A stye (also called a hordeolum) causes a painful swelling on the outside or inside of your eyelid.

You may also have other symptoms, such as:

  • a watery eye (epiphora)
  • a red eye and eyelid

A stye normally affects just one eye, although it is possible to have styes in both eyes, or to have more than one stye in the same eye. A stye should not affect your vision.

There are two types of stye:

  • an external stye (external hordeolum) – a swelling that appears along the edge of your eyelid, which may turn into a yellow pus-filled spot that is painful to touch
  • an internal stye (internal hordeolum) – a swelling that appears on the inside of your eyelid and is usually more painful than an external stye

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