Ihave a tendency to get a sty in my eye very often. What is the best treatment for it? Ramani Nayak, Mumbai
A sty is essentially an infection of the small meibomian glands at the edge of the lid which open at the side of the lashes’ margin. The line of treatment to prevent recurrent styes is to keep the eyes clean. Wash the eyes with warm water and soap at night, remove eye makeup completely and if you have been in areas where there has been a lot of contamination, please do apply a little antibiotic on the lashes which will prevent problems. Usually, Moxifloxacin eye ointment works well and needs to be rubbed horizontally on the lashes when required. However, even an allergy or an incorrect spectacle number could be the cause of a sty. So have your eyes evaluated by an ophthalmic surgeon.