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Chalazion

A bump appearing in the upper or lower eyelid.

Chalazion showing a lump on the lower eyelid

A chalazion is defined as a bump like lesion that appears on either the upper or lower eyelids. It occurs due to the blockage of a Meibomian gland on the eyelid. Meibomian glands produce oil.

A chalazion tends to occur if patients touch their eyelids with dirty hands, poor removal of makeup, or it could be a malfunction of the Meibomian gland itself.

What are the symptoms of chalazion?

  • Hard lump on the eyelid
  • Increased watery eyes
  • Blocked vision due to eyelid droop
  • Tenderness on eyelids

What are the treatment options for chalazion?

Treatment of chalazion can be by hot compress which is is applied several times a day to reduce the swelling, this helps to soften the oils in the blocked Meibomian gland. Antibiotic drops or ointments as well as steroids can also be used. In severe cases, surgical treatment may be advised.

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