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Question:
Can a refractive error be the cause for recurrent styes?

Answer:
No, but a large stye may be the cause of a type of refractive error known as "astigmatism." A larger form of a stye, called a chalazion, involves blockage of the oil glands of the eyelid (meibomian glands). If a chalazion gets large enough, it can press on the globe and cause an induced astigmatism. The astigmatism typically resolves as the chalazion is treated and resolves.

Answered by: W. Barry Lee, MDDr. W. Barry Lee

Categories: Eye Health Conditions

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