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Dear valued patients and customers,

In accordance with the CDC guidelines, fully vaccinated patients, visitors, and personnel are no longer required to wear masks. The public health order requires patients, visitors, and personnel in emergency medical and other health care settings in Colorado who are 12 years and older to wear a mask over their noses and mouths if unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated. Unvaccinated people are encouraged to continue wearing masks in all public indoor spaces.

Styes

A small area of redness and pain on the margin of your eyelid may indicate that you have a stye, known in medical terms as an external hordeolum. A stye is a blocked gland at the edge of the lid that has become infected by bacteria, usually Staphylococcus aureus.

The area of redness and pain will eventually form a 'point'. Until this occurs, warm compresses should be applied to the area for 15 minutes three-to-four times a day. The compresses should be followed by the application of sulphonamide or antibiotic ointment to the stye, available by prescription. Check with your eye care practitioner.

Once the stye has 'pointed', it can usually be expressed (squeezed gently to empty its contents), after which the lids should be cleaned. Treatment with the ointment should be continued until symptoms have cleared. Sometimes it is necessary for the stye to be lanced to assist with expression.