What is it?

A chalazion is a round cyst or bump that occurs on the lower or upper eyelid. It is a painless, slow-growing lump. Unlike a stye, it is not an infection, but rather an inflammation.

How does it happen?

A chalazion typically occurs as a result of an oil duct/gland being clogged or blocked. In some cases, one may occur after a stye has cleared up.

What are the symptoms?

A chalazion is typically painless and nothing more than annoying. Some additional symptoms, besides the obvious bump, may include:

  • Eyelid swelling
  • Eyelid sensitivity/tenderness
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Increased tear production
  • Eyelid heaviness

What are my risk factors?

If you suffer from acne or contract a viral infection, you may be at a greater risk for developing a chalazion on your eyelid.

How is it diagnosed and treated?

Your eye doctor can easily diagnose a chalazion through a comprehensive eye exam. Your doctor will examine the eyelids, eyelashes, and surface of the eye.

Most chalazions will disappear on their own after a few weeks. Applying a warm washcloth to the affected eye may help speed up the process and relieve any discomfort. If the chalazion does not heal within a month, you should contact your eye doctor. But do not try to drain or squeeze the chalazion yourself.

How can I prevent it from happening?

Maintaining good hygiene and regularly washing your face (taking care around your eyes) may help you avoid developing any chalazions.

If you are experiencing similar symptoms to a chalazion, contact us today.