Definition of Chalazion Eye

Chalazion EyeChalazion eye – a painless, hard nodule that arises from a gland (meibomian or sebaceous) along the edge of the eyelid, the result of glandular secretions that granulate.

A chalazion may extend deep into the structure of the eyelid. A chalazion sometimes forms at the site of a recurrent hordeolum (an infected eyelid sebaceous gland, also called a stye).

Treatment and Surgery

Often a small chalazion will go away on its own, without treatment. Moist heat applied to the eyelid helps dissolve the granulated material and draw it from the gland.

Because of the risk of scarring and pain, the ophthalmologist may recommend excising (surgically removing) a chalazion that does not go away or that recurs.

The procedure, with local anesthetic to numb the eyelid, takes only a few minutes in the doctor’s office. The wound typically heals within two weeks and leaves no scarring. Inflammatory skin conditions such as dermatitis or rosacea can block the eyelid’s glands, causing a chalazion to develop.

Careful eyelid hygiene helps keep secretions from accumulating.


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