The glands in your eyes are essential to ensuring the proper draining of excess fluids. In some cases, these glands secrete fluids that are too thick to stimulate draining, effectively blocking them from performing their function. At Chicago Glaucoma Consultants - CGC Eye Center in Glenview and Chicago, Illinois, the board-certified ophthalmologists help patients who have developed chalazia, small bumps in the upper eyelid, as a result of this blockage. To learn more about chalazion treatment, schedule an appointment today by phone or online.
A chalazion refers to an often painless and slowly developing lump that forms in the upper eyelid, rarely in the lower eyelid. Chalazia form because of a blockage in the oil or meibomian glands.
When a chalazion first starts to grow, the eyelid turns red, tender, and sometimes swollen. After a few days, it can turn into a small lump.
Many people confuse a chalazion with a stye, which refers to an infection in the oil gland. A stye is often painless, but a chalazion isn’t. Also, a chalazion isn’t an infection; it merely refers to a growth. In some cases, a chalazion can develop after treatment for a stye.
There are various possible causes of chalazia. Some of these include:
In some rare cases, chalazia can be a part of a more significant infection or skin cancer.
The meibomian and oil glands are essential in keeping your eyes moisturized and protected. If your oil gland produces excessively thick oil, it might be because of an inflammation of the eyelid. In these cases, you might notice a chalazion growth.
Although a chalazion is generally painless and slow-growing, you might experience any of the following symptoms:
In most cases, the chalazion disappears within a few weeks without treatment, though it can recur.
Generally speaking, chalazia don’t require much medical treatment. They should fade on their own.
Your ophthalmologist at Chicago Glaucoma Consultants - CGC Eye Center can recommend a few home treatments you can do to slow down the growth of the chalazion and eliminate it. The first rule of at-home treatment: Never try to pop it.
You might consider applying a warm compress directly to the eyelid for 15 minutes four to six times a day. The warmth from the compress softens the hardened oil that has blocked the gland. It also stimulates the drainage system of your eye to get rid of excess oils.
If you notice that home treatments aren’t yielding any results within a month, get in touch with Chicago Glaucoma Consultants - CGC Eye Center for further inspection.
During your appointment, your ophthalmologist might recommend a corticosteroid injection or a minor surgical procedure to remove the chalazion.
If you’ve noticed a small lump on your eyelid and it doesn’t seem to go away, get in touch with Chicago Glaucoma Consultants - CGC Eye Center today by phone or online to book an appointment.