Published: 2022-11-16

After the solar eclipse, we may return to peaceful topics and discuss more prosaic things like sties and the mysterious“20/20”.



The clamor around the solar eclipse has finally subsided.  I hope that our earlier conversation with Arthur Benjamin on this important issue saved someone from retinal burns.  Now we can return to peaceful topics and talk about more prosaic things like sties, the mysterious“20/20”, the  iStent, our devoted enemy (diabetes), and good mood.


I know that you treat sties, but is it necessary?  Or do you not believe that an idea exists where they go away on their own, especially if someone put saliva on it?

 Well, how could I not believe that some idea exists?  As a matter of fact, a stye can go away on its own.  But we must bear in mind that once we become comfortable with them, they will do everything possible to come back more often.  And you need to understand what it means to go away “on its own”.  Some styes will last for weeks, so they must be treated and never tolerated.

I found a spell against sties:

Like the sun in the west, and the day at its end

That lump in your eye will itself start to mend

Fade away slowly, like the day’s final light

Good night, little stye, good night

OK, how about a warm compress? Сan it help?

 Possibly, but only if combined with that spell and a magic wand…  I’m kidding, of course.  Here, everything depends on your goal:  get rid of it once and for all, or endure this pleasure for the rest of your life.

How do you treat it?

 In modern ophthalmology, it isn’t a topic worthy of long conversation.  We run a test, followed with an injection of fluorouracil 5 to prevent relapse.  That’s it.

How much does that cost?  That’s an eternal topic.

 Usually, good insurance will cover part of the treatment, which is important because it’s very expensive on its own.  I’d also like to add that for women it’s advised to refrain from using cosmetics until full recovery.  An infection could ruin everything.


I conducted a survey among friends.  They are educated people and often visit the ophthalmologist, but no one had a clear answer to the question, “Why is good vision called 20/20, and not 100/100 or simply Supervision?”

(to be continued)