While not a threat to your vision, a chalazion can be an incredibly uncomfortable and aesthetically displeasing condition. Fortunately, chalazion treatment is relatively straightforward when you choose a skilled practitioner at Fry Eye Associates in Garden City, Kansas. If you notice any changes in your eyelids, be sure to book an appointment right away as early treatment is most successful. Online scheduling is available, or you are always welcome to call to check appointment availability.
A chalazion presents as a small bump on your eyelid. At first, you might notice some redness, swelling, and tenderness.
The condition occurs when one of the tiny oil glands in the skin of your eyelid becomes clogged, and your body launches an inflammatory response.
Some signs that you have a chalazion include:
It’s important to avoid touching a chalazion, as the bacteria and debris on your fingers can worsen the condition or lead to an infection.
The eye health specialists at Fry Eye Associates begin by taking a comprehensive patient history. Specific health issues can contribute to chalazion development.
An external examination of your eyelid follows. Your doctor may use a bright light and magnification to check your lid structure, eyelash appearance, and the texture of your skin. The exam also includes an evaluation of your lid margins, the area where your eyelashes grow.
In many cases, a chalazion will clear up on its own over a few weeks. If the lump on your eyelid is uncomfortable or appears to be increasing in size, treatment can help.
Above all else, never attempt to squeeze or “pop” a chalazion. This approach will not be effective and can cause an eye infection or damage to the delicate skin of your eyelid.
You can try using warm compresses to soften hardened oil and clear blocked oil gland ducts. Be sure to use a soft, clean cloth and warm (not hot) water. Apply the damp cloth for 10-15 minutes several times a day. Gentle massage can also be useful.
Professional treatment may include antibiotic medications to eliminate the infection. Your medicine might come in the form of eye drops, ointments, or creams. Oral antibiotics and injections are also possible treatment options.
In some instances, surgery is the best way to remove a chalazion that recurs or does not respond to other treatments. Your doctor might also take a small tissue sample called a biopsy to look for signs of abnormal cell growth.
If you notice changes in your eyelid skin that don’t resolve on their own, call Fry Eye Associates or book an appointment online.