Chalazion is a slowly developing bump that occurs on the lid of the eye when an oil gland is blocked and swells. Unlike a sty, chalazions are usually not painful and do not occur close to the surface of the eye.
Who is at Risk?
Adults between the ages of twenty to fifty are most likely to experience chalazion. More specifically at risk are those with chronic blepharitis, acne rosacea, seborrhea, tuberculosis, or a viral infection.
What are the Symptoms?
- Red, tender, swollen area of the eye;
- Pea size, painless bump;
- Light sensitivity;
- Heaviness of the eye;
- Blurred vision (if the chalazion becomes so large that it presses against the eye).
This usually is a simple process of examination of the eye, a review of medical history, and an evaluation of the lid margins using magnification and bright light.
What is the Treatment?
Most chalazions resolve themselves in a couple of weeks to a couple of months. They often recur. However, in some rare cases, they may be a result of an infection or skin cancer. Some treatments include warm compresses applied to the eye multiple times a day, massaging the external eyelid, and keeping the area clean.
It is important that you do not attempt to squeeze or drain the chalazion yourself, which may result in infection.
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