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Drainage of the lesion is the first step in treating the hordeolum. If the hordeolum does not drain on its own, your doctor may assist drainage of the infection by lancing the hordeolum. The pus and contents of the swollen area can then be drained. It is important never to try to lance the hordeolum without the assistance of a doctor; permanent damage to the eye or eyelid can occur.


In some cases, antibiotics are also given to ensure that the entire infection is eliminated. Antibiotics may be given in oral form, or as eye drops/eye ointment. In many cases, antibiotics alone are ineffective.
If you are diagnosed with a hordeolum, follow your doctor's instructions.


The American Academy of Ophthalmology

The American Optometric Association



Canadian Association of Optometrists

Canadian Ophthalmological Society



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Skorin L. Hordeolum and chalazion treatment, the full gamut. Optometry Today website. Available at: Accessed August 25, 2005.


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