|With Health Insurance: Copays or 10%-50% Coinsurance||Without Health Insurance: $20-$250+|
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.
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- 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 urgent care center, with locations in six states including Arizona, Colorado and Ohio, charges $79. And at Lakewood Family Eye Care 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.
- Drugstore.com charges about $14 to $19 for eyelid cleanser .
- Drugstore.com 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.
- Drugstore.com charges about $25 for a bottle of generic oral antibiotic dicloxacillin sodium. Drugstore.com 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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- 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 offers an overview of eye sties and treatment.
- In some patients, eye sties tend to recur, and regular cleansing of the eyelid sometimes is required for prevention. According to WebMD , some recurrent sties can be linked to rosacea, which can cost from $10 to hundreds of dollars per month to treat with medications.
Shopping for eye sty treatment:
- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services offers a locator for clinics that provide discounts on an income-based sliding scale.
- A family doctor, pediatrician or eye doctor can diagnose and treat an eye sty. The American Medical Association offers a doctor locator, and FindUrgentCare.com offers an urgent care center locator . Or, the American Academy of Ophthalmology provides an ophthalmologist locator , 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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