Caused by a blocked gland in your eyelid, it can cause discomfort or affect vision.
A chalazion is a cyst (a small sac of fluid) on the inside of the eyelid. Due to its location, it can be mistaken for a stye and can grow to the size of a pea. If a chalazion is large, it can cause discomfort or affect vision. It is caused by a blocked gland in your eyelid. The glands help to keep your eyes moist by preventing the watery layer on the surface of your eyes (tears) from evaporating. They do this by producing an oily film over the tears.
A chalazion will sometimes get better on its own. However, your ophthalmologist may suggest a surgical procedure to remove it if it is large, uncomfortable, affects your vision or doesn’t respond to other treatments.
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Your consultant will offer surgical treatment for chalazion cyst if other conservative methods have been unsuccessful.
They eyelid will be numbed and a small incision is made on the inside of the affected eyelid to release the contents of the cyst. The procedure is usually carried out under a local anaesthetic in an outpatient setting but on occasion, may need to be performed in a theatre environment. Your consultant will discuss the most appropriate options with you during consultations.
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Following the procedure it is important to keep dry and clean. Your consultant will give you additional information on caring for your eyelid following the procedure.
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