What Is Hordeolum?

Q:
What is hordeolum?

A:
Hordeolum is a common, painful, inflammation of the eyelid margin that is usually caused by bacterial infection. As hordeolum is one of the most common diseases of the eye, many people can be affected, but it appears more common in children and teenagers.

The infection affects oil glands of the eyelid and can be internal or external.

  • External Hordeolum
     Most common presentation
     Points to skin surface
  • Internal Hordeolum
     Points inward toward palpebral Conjunctiva (a clear membrane, that coats the inside of the eyelids.)

Internal hordeolum tends to be more painful and longer lasting than external hordeolum.

Symptoms are obvious to recognize, as patients’ eyelid present as a red, painful, swollen furuncle (a boil) with an acute onset. Other symptoms include:

  • A bump on the bottom or top eyelid
  • Unable to see clearly
  • Burning sensation in the eye
  • Crusting of the eyelid margins
  • Discomfort or pain when blinking
  • Droopiness of the eyelid
  • Irritation of the eye
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Eyelid pain
  • Localized swelling of the eyelid
  • Mucous discharge in the eye
  • Redness of the eye and eyelid
  • Scratchy sensation on the eyeball (itching)
  • Sensation of a foreign body in the eye
  • Tearing
  • Tenderness

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