A chalazion is a small swelling or lump on your eyelid because of a blocked gland. They’re called chalazia if you have more than one. A chalazion is one of the most common types of eyelid lumps.
Chalazia are most likely to happen on your upper eyelid. You can get them on both eyes at once. Chalazia often go away and come back.
SYMPTOMS OF CHALAZION
A chalazion starts with a small area that may be red, swollen, and sore or painful when touched. After a few days, the pain usually goes away, and a bump or lump remains.
You may also have:
• Watery eyes
• Mild eye irritation
• Blurry vision
CAUSES OF CHALAZION
The meibomian glands in your upper and lower eyelids make oil that mixes with your tears to moisten and protect your eyes. If the oil gets too thick or if the glands are blocked because of inflammation, you may get a chalazion.
CHALAZION VS STYE
It can be hard to tell a chalazion from a stye, another kind of eyelid bump that’s caused by an infection.
Styes happen along the edge of your eyelid, sometimes in the base of an eyelash, but chalazia are usually toward the middle of the lid. A stye is more likely to be painful. It also tends to have a yellowish spot at the center that may burst after a few days.
Chalazion may not need treatment. Hot compresses may help larger ones. A lasting chalazion may need to be removed through surgery by a doctor.
Treating conditions like blepharitis and meibomian gland dysfunction can keep chalazia from coming back
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