Are you noticing lumps in or along your eyelids? There is a good chance you may be experiencing chalazia. Similar to a stye, chalazia occurs when a firm lump or cyst in the eyelid forms due to the oil gland becoming blocked. In some cases, a stye may develop into chalazia.
Some of the symptoms of chalazia may be:
- A small red bump or pimple that grows slowly, but eventually becomes large enough to interfere with your vision
- Inflammation and swelling around the eye
Most chalazia need home treatment only. Make sure not to squeeze or open the chalazia on your own during this time but do try some of the following methods to encourage healing:
- Apply a warm, wet compress. Doing this three to six times a day can help chalazia heal quicker, and open the blocked pore to begin healing
- Try an over-the-counter ointment, solution of medicated pads
- Avoid wearing makeup or contact lenses until the chalazia has healed
If the chalazia does not get better with home treatments, please call! In some cases prescribing an antibiotic eye ointment, or eyedrops, is needed. With more serious cases, if the infection has spread, we can prescribe an antibiotic medication.
The best way to treat chalazia is with prevention. Following a few simple suggestions will help to avoid the annoying inconvenience of chalazia.
- Avoid rubbing your eyes. This can let bacteria in that can eventually lead to the formation of chalazia. If you must rub your eyes, wash your hands first.
- Replace makeup, especially mascara, at least every six months. Bacteria can grow in makeup.
- Treat any irritation of infection promptly
Please call us immediately if you feel concerned about any conditions you are experiencing. The health of your eyes is as important to us as it is to you!