Chalazion

A chalazion is a lump-type swelling of the eyelid that is often confused with a stye. It is caused by an inflammation of the small oil producing glands located in the upper or lower eyelids. It is typically caused by trapped oil secretions and may involve a secondary bacterial infection. If it is not too large or does not cause blurred vision, story it may disappear on its own. However, it is typically treated by a variety of methods. These include: antibiotic and/or steroid drops or injections; warm compresses (warm water washcloth compresses held against the eye for five to ten minutes); massage of the area; or in severe cases, a surgical procedure.

Chalazions usually respond well to treatment, but some individuals are prone to reoccurence that might be symptomatic of other conditions. If you believe you are suffering from a chalazion, contact your ophthalmologist for advice.

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