Inflamed lump in one of the oil
producing glands (in the eyelid
margin) of either upper or lower lid.
Inflammation usually subsides, but
may need surgical removal.
Sometimes called an internal
hordeolum. A chalazion maybe
confused with a ' STYE' which is
an inflammation of an eye lash follicle.
Chalazions may be treated with any one or a combination of antibiotic or steroid drops or injections; warm compresses for 5 to 10 minutes, 3 or 4 times a day; gentle massage to express the glandular secretions; or surgical drainage. Chalazions usually respond well to treatment, although some people are prone to recurrences and may require continuing medication. If a chalazion recurs in the same place, a biopsy maybe suggested, to rule out a more serious problem. Occasionally, a chalazion can cause the entire eyelid to swell suddenly.