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Chalazion

WHAT IS A CHALAZION?

A chalazion is a lump in the eyelid caused by an obstructed oil gland.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?

  • Eyelid tenderness
  • Lump on eyelid
  • Increased tearing of the eyes.
  • Blurry vision
  • Sensitivity to light

WHAT CAUSES IT?

This may be due to blepharitis, dusty/dirty environments or abnormally thick oil production. It is more common in the upper lids. The lump is usually red, swollen and tender in the early stages. As the redness and swelling diminish, the lump may become more obvious or resolve spontaneously.

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HOW IS IT TREATED?

Treatment consists of lid scrubbing, warm compresses and antibiotic/steroid drops or ointment. For faster resolution or stubborn cases, a steroid injection may be placed around the lesion. Incising and draining the chalazion is another option.