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    Can styes be prevented?

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    Meri has 17 years experience as an orthoptic clinician. She works as an academic/lecturer in the Department of Clinical Vision Sciences and has completed a … View Profile

    A stye (also called an external hordeolum) is an inflammation in the lash follicle on your eyelid. They are more common in children and cause swelling on the edge of the eyelid at the base of where the eyelashes sit. The inflammation is caused by a bacterial infection and cannot be prevented.

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