Have you ever wondered how a cyst can form on your eyelid and what the cause of it is? While a chalazion may first appear as a stye because of its characteristics a chalazion is actually a small sebaceous cyst of the eyelid that happens when a meibomian gland is blocked. Generally it looks like a small lump on the upper or lower eyelid, often near the edge.
In most cases the chalazion does not cause any pain to the individual but it can block or impair vision. Also, if the chalazion bursts it can lead to infection in the eye so it is important to seek treatment immediately.
A chalazion can occur from:
- Frequently rubbing the eyes
- Trapped oil secretions
- Blocked glands
Chalazions can be treated in any of the following methods:
- Antibiotics.The chalazion can be treated by using antibiotic drops or injections into the eye.
- Warm compresses.Using a warm compress to treat the chalazion can often times help to clear the clogged gland. Soak a clean washcloth in hot water and hold it against the closed eye lid for approximately 10 to 15 minutes. Repeat the warm compress 3 to 4 times a day.
- Massaging.Gently massage the affected area of your eye to help improve the flow of the trapped oil secreations in the meibomian gland
- Surgery.If the chalazion does not respond to any of the other treatments it may be necessary to have it surgically removed.
A chalazion can disappear on its own, however ensure you do not leave it too late and you use the treatments mentioned above to minimize the amount of time you have the chalazion.
If you or someone you know requires eye care visit Charles Breen, MD at 7370 Turfway Rd. 3rd Floor, St. Elizabeth Medical Office Building, Florence, KY 41042.
This article is provided as an information resource and is not intended to replace advice from a qualified ophthalmologist. In all cases, contact your ophthalmologist for advice on any matter referenced in this document before making any decisions.