What is chalazion blepharitis?
A chalazion is a small bump in the eyelid caused by a blockage of a tiny oil gland.
A chalazion is caused by a blocked duct in one of the meibomian glands. These glands are located in the eyelid directly behind the eyelashes. They produce a thin, oily fluid that lubricates the eye.
Signs and symptoms:
- Painless swelling on the eyelid
- Eyelid tenderness typically none to mild
- Increased tearing
- Heaviness of the eyelid
- Redness of conjunctiva
Topical antibiotic eye drops or ointment are sometimes used for the initial acute infection, but are otherwise of little value in treating a chalazion.
Chalazia will often disappear without further treatment within a few months, and virtually all will reabsorb within two years.
Healing can be facilitated by applying a warm compress to the affected eye for approximately 15 minutes 4 times per day. This promotes drainage and healing by softening the hardened oil that is occluding the duct.
Keywords: chalazion blepharitis