Chalazion (kuh-ley-zee-uhn)

What is a Chalazion?

  • A chalazion is the medical term used to describe a lump that slowly develops on the eyelid
  • Chalazion are often confused with a stye because they both appear as bumps on the eyelids
    • Styes produce a red, painful, swollen bump on the eyelid

What are the Symptoms of a Chalazion?

  • Initially, a red, tender swollen eyelid. Eventually, a painless, slow growing bump on the eyelid
  • Tearing
  • Blurred vision if the chalazion is large enough

How Common are Chalazion?

  • Chalazion are more common in adults
    • People ages 30 to 50 most frequently develop chalazion
  • Chalazion are more common on the upper eyelids

What Causes a Chalazion?

  • A chalazion is caused by a swelling or blockage of an oil gland in the eyelid
    • Chalazion are usually not the result of an infection

When does a Chalazion Occur?

  • Some risk factors for chalazion include acne, seborrhea, tuberculosis, viral infections and chronic blepharitis

How is a Chalazion Diagnosed?

  • Diagnosing chalazion begins with a comprehensive eye exam at Shanks Family Eye Care
    • During this exam, your doctor uses multiple tests to evaluate the presence of a chalazion

How is a Chalazion Treated?

  • Some chalazion may resolve over time without treatment, however, they often recur
  • Warm Compresses
  • Gentle Messaging
  • If the chalazion do not resolve on their own, intervention by your doctor may be necessary