What Is Chalazion Blepharitis?

Q:

What is chalazion blepharitis?

A:

A chalazion is a small bump in the eyelid caused by a blockage of a tiny oil gland.

Causes:

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

Treatment:

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.

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