A chalazion is a condition that appears when an oil gland in the eyelid becomes blocked. A cyst will form that is a relatively painless lump usually found in the upper or lower eyelid as well as one or both eyes. Patients usually notice the cyst developing gradually over the course of a few weeks. This condition is not contagious.
Signs of a Chalazion:
This growth is sometimes mistaken for styes. You may notice changes in the appearance of your eyelid along with:
- Increased tearing
- Painless swelling
- Mild eyelid tenderness
- Eyelid heaviness
Depending on the location and size of a chalazion, vision problems may be experienced as a result. The eye may or may not need to be drained for this condition. Most chalazions disappear on their own within a few months. Apply a warm compress (wet washcloth) to the infected area for about 10 minutes up to six times a day. This method helps the chalazion open up so the blocked pore can drain and potentially heal faster. However, if this condition doesn’t improve within a couple of days, seek medical attention.
A larger chalazion may require surgery to be removed. This procedure is performed by an ophthalmologist on an outpatient basis typically under local anesthesia.
If you notice the signs of a chalazion/cyst, call Ophthalmic Specialists of Michigan today at 1-800-237-EYES (3937) to schedule an appointment with an ophthalmologist. We have three (3) three convenient locations to serve you in Dearborn, Livonia and Madison Heights.