What is a Chalazion?
A chalazion is a small swelling or lump on the eyelid caused by a blocked gland. They usually appear on the upper eyelid after a day or two of redness, swelling, and sensitivity to touch around the affected area.
What Are the Causes of Chalazion?
A chalazion appears when one of the meibomian glands gets blocked for any reason. This type of blockage can occur spontaneously without an obvious cause.
What Are the Symptoms of Chalazion?
The characteristic sign of the chalazion is the small lump, typically on the upper eyelid. They may appear alone or on both eyelids at the same time. A chalazion emerges after a brief period of redness, swelling, and soreness that worsens with physical contact.
After the chalazion appears, there may be other symptoms such as:
- Watery eye
- Mild irritation of the eye
- Potentially blurry vision
Associated symptoms are usually mild and will resolve in a short time when the gland is unblocked and the chalazion subsides.
How to Diagnose Chalazion?
Your doctor will diagnose the condition through visual inspection of the affected area. You may be asked questions about your symptoms and any past history of eye problems. No tests are necessary.
How is Chalazion Treated?
A chalazion will go away on their own and generally won’t require treatment. Treatment is recommended in cases where the chalazion affects eyesight. Doctors can recommend specific eye drops or creams that may help. They can also instruct you on appropriate home care.
Many patients will undergo home treatment for less serious chalazion. Applying warm, moist heat to the area can help unblock the gland. It is important to clean your hands thoroughly before you begin. Your doctor will let you know how often, when, and how to apply heat.
What Are the Risk Factors of Chalazion?
A chalazion may happen to individuals of any age, but they are more common in adults than in children. The principal risk factor for a future chalazion is a history of the condition. A chalazion can reoccur in the same spot that a previous chalazion developed.
When to See a Doctor for Chalazion?
You should see a doctor for chalazion if symptoms persist for more than a week or if they interfere with daily activities. While most chalazia will clear up in a few days, some do require care.
How to Prevent Chalazion?
Blocked glands can be made less likely through proactive skin care. Use eyelid scrubs or cleaning wipes to gently clean the eye area daily. Avoid rubbing the eyes and be sure your hands are clean before touching them. Throw out any eye makeup more than six months old.
For expert help to treat and prevent chalazion, contact Boulevard Medical Healthcare. Our team of ophthalmologists are highly experienced and committed to finding, treating, and preventing any concerns with eye and vision care, including chalazion.