Wondering what the lump on your eyelid is? A chalazion is formed due to blockage in the meibomian gland which causes inflammation. No need to worry, chalazions are not typically harmful, but they can cause discomfort and affect your vision if left untreated.
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Symptoms of Chalazion
The most common symptoms of a chalazion are:
- Eyelid Swelling
- Blurred Vision
- Sensation of Heaviness
- Eyelid Drooping
- Increased Sensitivity to Light
If the chalazion becomes infected, it may cause pain and the surrounding skin can become red and inflamed. Because they look similar, chalazions are frequently misdiagnosed as styes.
Causes of Chalazion
A Chalazion is primarily caused by a blockage of the Meibomian glands, which are small glands located in the eyelids that produce an oily substance to help lubricate the eyes. These glands become blocked due to a number of factors like inflammation, infection, or underlying conditions. Seborrhea, rosacea, and blepharitis are chronic skin conditions that can lead to eyelid inflammation and blockage which can result in chalazions forming.
A Chalazion can disappear after a few days or weeks without medical intervention. In many cases, an at-home warm compress can help to reduce inflammation and promote drainage of the blocked gland. Medications such as antibiotics or steroids may be prescribed to treat inflammation or an infection.
If the chalazion doesn't respond to these treatments, drainage may be necessary to remove the blockage. In severe cases, surgery may be required to remove the chalazion.
While chalazions are generally harmless, complications can occur. If left untreated, a chalazion can cause scarring or a permanent bump on the eyelid. It's important to consult with a professional if you notice any persistent or worsening symptoms.
Eye Care at Eye & Ear of The Palm Beaches
Don't hesitate to book an appointment with the team in Palm Springs, if you have concerns about a chalazion or any other eye conditions.