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Eye Sty Treatment Cost

How Much Does Eye Sty Treatment Cost?

average costWith Health Insurance: Copays or 10%-50% Coinsurancehigh costWithout Health Insurance: $20-$250+
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An eye sty is a pimple-like bump caused by a bacterial infection in an oil gland along the rim of the eyelid. Symptoms can include pain, tenderness and excessive tear production. A sty usually is not considered serious and often resolves with at-home treatment.

Typical costs:

  • For patients covered by health insurance, out-of-pocket costs typically consist of doctor visit copays, prescription drug copays or coinsurance of 10%-50%. Treatment for an eye sty typically is covered by insurance.
  • For patients not covered by health insurance, an initial doctor visit to diagnose an eye sty can cost from $50 to almost $120 or more. Treatment can cost from less than $25 for warm compresses and gentle eyelid cleansing. It can cost about $20-$85 for antibiotic or antibiotic/steroid ointment or eye drops. It can cost a little over $15-$175 or more for oral antibiotics, depending on the type of medication. And it can cost from $100-$250 or more for a doctor to lance and drain the sty.
  • For example, Physicians Urgent Care in Tennessee charges about $65 for a visit for a sty. The Little Clinic[1] urgent care center, with locations in six states including Arizona, Colorado and Ohio, charges $79. And at Lakewood Family Eye Care[2] in Florida an eye exam for a medical problem starts at $55 for an established patient, or costs $74 to $119 for a new patient.
  • charges about $14 to $19 for eyelid cleanser[3] .
  • charges about $25 for a tube of generic prescription erythromycin eye ointment. It charges about $20 for a bottle of neomycin-polymyxin-dexameth, a combination antibiotic/steroid eye drops, and charges $84 for a bottle of the brand-name equivalent, Maxitrol.
  • charges about $25 for a bottle of generic oral antibiotic dicloxacillin sodium. charges about $17 for a bottle of the generic oral antibiotic cephalexin and about $175 for the brand-name equivalent, Keflex.
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What should be included:
  • A doctor typically can diagnose a sty with a simple visual exam. The doctor might recommend moist, warm compresses, applied several times per day for about 10 minutes, and possibly mild cleansing of the eyelid. A sty often will go away within a week or two.
  • In some cases, a doctor might recommend an antibiotic eye cream or, for a very persistent sty, an oral antibiotic. Or, if the sty does not go away or is very large, the doctor might lance and drain it.
  • The National Institutes of Health[4] offers an overview of eye sties and treatment.
Additional costs:
  • In some patients, eye sties tend to recur, and regular cleansing of the eyelid sometimes is required for prevention. According to WebMD[5] , some recurrent sties can be linked to rosacea, which can cost from $10 to hundreds of dollars per month to treat with medications.
  • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services offers a locator[6] for clinics that provide discounts on an income-based sliding scale.
Shopping for eye sty treatment:
  • A family doctor, pediatrician or eye doctor can diagnose and treat an eye sty. The American Medical Association offers a doctor locator, and offers an urgent care center locator[7] . Or, the American Academy of Ophthalmology provides an ophthalmologist locator[8] , and board certification status can be verified by contacting the American Board of Ophthalmology.
Material on this page is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice. Always consult your physician or pharmacist regarding medications or medical procedures.
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