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Chalazion treatment methods

Chalazion treatment methods

Chalazion is a bulge or swelling on your upper or lower eyelid (for multiple chalazion we use the phrase chalazia), which is usually painless and develops slowly. If you have this problm, there is no worry, because it is one the most usual eyelid bulks. As we said it may appear on your upper or the lower eyelid, but in most cases on the upper one. It also may appear on the both eyelids.

What causes chalazion?

As you know there are different glands throughout our body. The glands feature is to produce substances that our organs need. There are some glands in our eyelids which produce a kind of oil to moisten our eyes with the help of tears. Specialists say that a blockage in meibomian (eye oil gland) can cause chalazion. There are some viruses or eye inflammation that can be the main reason of chalazion. It is also common between the people who have persistent blepharitis, rosacea, acne or seborrhea.


In some conditions this swelling may disappear with no treatment. But you should visit an eye doctor. Here are some possible treatments:

  • Your doctor may give you some instructions for a homecare. You must not press or massage the chalazion with pressure. You should use a warm compress as many times as your doctor says. This can help to drain the oil of the gland. The doctor might give you an eyelid cream or eye drops.
  • If this method doesn’t work, so the eye doctor would suggest a surgery or an injection of corticosteroid.

Your doctor would choose the right choice based on the factors, symptoms and risks.

Symptoms of chalazion

Chalazia would happen in adults more than children. The beginning of it might be followed by a small inflated area on the eyelid which can also be red and maybe painful to press. Often the pain will disappear after some days. Some other symptoms that may occur because of this eye problem are:

  • Eye irritation
  • You may experience watery eye
  • Swollen eyelid
  • Depending of its size, you may have blurry or blocked vision.
  • A tiny swelling on your eyelid
  • Pain or aching
  • Your eye skin might get red

You should notice that it would come back in some cases. The new one may be on the previous location or a new area on your eyelid.

Complications and risks

In most cases this eyelid swelling would cause no problems. But as every other diseases, it has some risks too. An infection may occur in a cyst and take the whole eyelids and eye. Sometimes the eyelids get very inflated and stop you from opening your eye. Pain and fever is also possible. This problem is called orbital cellulitis and in this situation you should visit your eye doctor. It can be treated by injecting antibiotics. Some other risks are mentioned below:

  • Astigmatism caused by the pressure of it on the cornea
  • In some cases the patient might lose his eyelashes
  • You may experience dry eyes

  • Eye irritation
  • Watery eye
  • Swollen eyelid
  • Pain or aching
  • blurry or blocked vision
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