A chalazion is a cyst of the eyelid. It is caused by the blockage of oil glands on the inner margin of the eyelids. As the gland continues to produce oil the cyst slowly grows.
What causes a chalazion?
- Build up of dirt from eye makeup
- Dusty environments
- People who have had chalazia in the past
Conservative treatment: is to try and get the chalazion to drain on its own by using warm compresses and massage. Antibiotics may be prescribed if the chalazion is infected.
Surgery: If the chalazion persists there is a minor surgical procedure in which we open the cyst and drain its contents. This procedure is performed on site in our state-of-the-art minor surgical procedure room. During the procedure local anaesthetic is given to the eyelid to numb it. The surgery is performed on the underside of the eyelid so there are no scars after the operation. An orthoptist will cover your eye with an eye pad before you go home. You will need to have someone to drive you home after the procedure. Please be aware that is not uncommon for a chalazion to reoccur or for more chalazia to develop especially if you have any of the above causes.