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  • Writer's pictureDr. Peggy Velayo

What is Chalazion (Eyelid Cyst) and how do I treat it?

A Chalazion, sometimes referred to as eyelid cyst or meibomian cyst, is a small, usually painless, slowly developing lump that forms due blockage and swelling of an oil gland in the eyelid. It can develop in the upper or lower lid.

Causes and risk factors include acne rosacea, chronic blepharitis or any long term inflammation of the eyelids caused by bacteria. In my experience life factors such as stress, travel and big life events can bring on an episode. A chalazion causes tearing, irritation and blurred vision.

Treatment for small chalazion includes warm compresses, topical antibiotic drops and lubricants. In some cases, a minor surgery called Incision and Drainage (I+D) is done in the office to drain the chalazion.

Some small chalazion go away on their own but most of them progressively enlarge and require I+D Procedure.

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