Minor Procedures/Medical Services
Chalazion A chalazion is a lump in the eyelid caused by a blocked oil gland. They can arise quickly, or over several days. A chalazion occurs when a specialized oil gland, called a meibomian gland, becomes obstructed and the oily material backs up into the eyelid. This can cause inflammation, which is why some chalazia become red and tender. Over time, the material hardens and may cause scarring. Some chalazia will get smaller and resolve over time, but some will form a firm lump that stays for months to years.
Treatment of a chalazion varies depending on its acuteness and severity. Conservative treatment involves warm compresses and anti-inflammatory/ antibiotic eye ointment. More inflamed chalazia can be injected with a corticosteroid. More severe or longstanding chalazia may require surgical treatment. Surgery is performed in the office under local anesthesia and takes less than 10 to 15 minutes. An incision is made on the inside of the eyelid to avoid cutting the eyelid skin. Once the chalazion has been opened, it is drained debrided. After the procedure, antibiotic/ anti-inflammatory ointment is used for a week. Swelling and bruising improves over a few days.