Chalazion — a cyst in the Eyelid

eyelid problemIf you woke up this morning with a new lump on your eyelid it is most likely to be a chalazion. There are other words that can be used to describe this condition, such as an eyelid cyst, meibomian gland cyst or eyelid stye.

There are different ways to address chalazions and Dr. Shams is experienced with all the options.

What is a chalazion?

When it comes to lumps on your eyelids, chalazia are the most common. They show up as a small swelling or lump on the upper or lower eyelid.

What causes a chalazion?

The oil glands, known as meibomain gland, are the culprits behind your eyelid cyst. You have glands throughout your body doing all sorts of important tasks. Glands make things that your cells, tissues, and organs need to work properly. The meibomian glands can be found in your upper and lower eyelids and their job is to make oil that mixes with tears to continually moisten and protect your eyes and prevent your tears from evaporating too fast. There are a total of almost 100 meibomian glands in your 4 eyelids. When the duct that drains the gland, near the eyelashes is blocked, the fluid becomes backed up inside the gland and forms a chalazion.

Symptoms of a chalazion

  • A bump or lump in the upper or lower eyelid
  • Tenderness of the eyelid
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Excessive tearing
  • Blurry vision
  • Blepharitis
  • Astigmatism

How Dr. Shams treats a chalazion

A chalazion will usually resolve itself, but the process can take months. Dr. Shams can advise you on methods to hasten their demise.

These are the typical treatments for a chalazion:

  • Applying a warm compress four times daily for 10-15 minutes
  • Applying antibiotic ointment
  • Steroid injections
  • Surgical drainage

If you have a newfound lump on your eyelid, give Dr. Shams a call, 07488 909 008, and let her take a look at it.


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