Updated on December 7, 2020
Chalazion and Stye
A chalazion is the result of the blockage of the Meibomian oil gland on the eyelid while a stye is caused by the blockage of an infected eyelash follicle gland. They both result in a swelling on either the upper or lower eyelid. They are common is children and teenagers as well as appearing in adults in later life.
- Lump on the eyelid which can be painful to touch
- Feeling of pressure on the eye
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Although most resolve without any treatment, conservative treatment using warm compress can help make it go away faster. Most resolve after 7-10 days. For some that are too large or which do not resolve after 2 weeks, surgery using incision & curettage is recommended. Oral antibiotics may be necessary if the surrounding eyelid is infected (known as pre-septal cellulitis). Even after the surgery, you are still advised to do the warm compress to prevent recurrences
- Apply warm face towel over the lump and massage gently for 5 minutes. This helps to open up the blocked gland and allows the oil (or pus if the lump is infected) to flow out
- Apply antibiotic eye ointment after the massage so that it can enter the gland through the open pore to treat or prevent infection
- Repeat 2-3 times a day for 10-14 days (your eye doctor will advise your on the schedule)
- Do NOT wear contact lenses or eye make up during this treatment period
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