If you develop a painless lump on your eyelid, chances are it’s a chalazion. At Advanced Laser & Eye Center of Arizona, home of MyEyesToday.com, with offices in Gilbert, Chandler, and Queen Creek, Arizona, Kianoush Kian, MD, and Scott Wayment, OD, provide expert diagnosis and treatment for chalazion. When left untreated, a chalazion can interfere with your vision, so call Advanced Laser & Eye Center of Arizona at 480-632-2020 or schedule an exam online today at MyEyesToday.com to get the expert eye care you need.
A chalazion is a lump that grows in your eyelid when a meibomian gland is inflamed or blocked. Meibomian glands are the glands that produce the oily layer of your tears that slows and prevents evaporation.
Chalazia often develop after you’ve had a stye that has healed. Your risk of developing a chalazion is higher if you have chronic blepharitis, rosacea, skin cancer, or diabetes. You can develop chalazia on either your upper or lower eyelids.
Chalazia are typically painless, but they can make your eyelids swell and your eyes watery. If the chalazion is left untreated and continues to grow, it can press into your eyeball and distort your vision, in addition to leaving a permanent bump in your eyelid.
You should make an appointment at Advanced Laser & Eye Center of Arizona as soon as you notice a lump on your eyelid. The doctors will perform exams to identify the bump as a chalazion or another more concerning issue such as skin cancer. Your doctor recommends treatment approaches, depending on the size of your chalazion and how it’s affecting your vision and eye health.
If your chalazion is small, your eye doctor may recommend using at-home therapies such as specific warm compress techniques, special cleansers for your eyelids, or topical medication. They might also prescribe oral medication to reduce or control accompanying problems such as spreading deep skin infection. Unfortunately, antibiotic eye drops aren't an effective treatment for chalazia as the drops cannot penetrate into the lumps, and often there is not an infective component.
If necessary, a specialist at Advanced Laser & Eye Center of Arizona can perform a minor office-based surgical procedure to remove the lump. During the surgery, your doctor provides a local anesthetic and then makes an incision on the backside of your eyelid to allow the chalazion to drain without causing a visible scar. In some cases, your doctor might recommend a corticosteroid shot to reduce the swelling in your affected eyelid.
If you have a lump on any of your eyelids, call Advanced Laser & Eye Center of Arizona at 480-632-2020 or schedule an appointment online today at MyEyesToday.com for an expert exam and customized treatment.