How to diagnose and treat chalazion on the eyelid?

A painless lump in the eyelid that gradually enlarges is known as a chalazion. If it becomes inflamed or superinfected, it might hurt. To hasten the healing process, warm compresses on the eye and light massage are advised. A minor operation might be required if home remedies are unsuccessful. Although sometimes mistaken for barley, chalazion is not the same thing.

A chalazion (Latin: chalazion) is a typically painless lump that can range in size from 2 to 8 mm on the inside or outside of the eyelid. Because a blockage of the meibomian gland is the most common cause, it is known as a meibomian cyst. As a result, the gland’s secretion becomes stagnant and builds up beneath the eyelid.

Treat chalazion on the eyelid

Chalazion develops more often in adults than in children. Such factors as:

  • rosacea,
  • seborrhea,
  • chronic blepharitis,
  • viral infection in the eye.

Chalazion on the eye—symptoms. What does it look like?

An eyelid-concealed lump known as a chalazion. The majority of the time, it doesn’t hurt, but it doesn’t always go away on its own. The chalazion might grow bigger. It starts as a small, red, barely swollen spot on the eyelid. A pea-sized lump grows over time.

Chalazion can occasionally be accompanied by superinfection and inflammation. Then there are additional signs, such as skin redness and pain. Possible swelling of the eyelid. Vision haziness may result from a large chalazion. Sometimes the nodule is pierced, allowing fluid to leak into the conjunctival sac.

Chalazion on the eye—will it go away on its own?

Even though it may take several months for a chalazion to fully heal, it may go away on its own within a month. The opposite is not always true. Chronic change is possible. It may occasionally call for topical medication or minor surgery. Chalazion, sadly, frequently comes back.

How is chalazion treated?

A lump in your eyelid that doesn’t go away after a week should be examined by an ophthalmologist. If you have an infection, your doctor may advise you to use steroid medications, antibiotic ointments, or drops. If this is unsuccessful in removing the chalazion, a minor surgical procedure involving the incision of the lesion and drainage of any remaining fluid is required. Home remedies that hasten healing are useful for treating chalazion.

Home remedies for chalazion

The home remedies for chalazion consist primarily of: 

  • warm compresses on the eye – you can use a cotton swab previously dipped only in hot water or make a warm compress with herbal infusion (black tea, chamomile, sage or marigold); compresses should be applied several times a day for 10-15 minutes.
  • massage – the eyelid can be gently massaged several times a day; this can help unclog the duct and remove the fluid,
  • natural ointments containing e.g. honey and warming oils; you can buy them at the pharmacy,
  • proper eye hygiene – giving up make-up, thoroughly removing make-up before going to bed, avoiding the use of cosmetics or make-up accessories that other people have used before us – this reduces the risk of superinfection.


4th Professional Medical Student. Karachi Medical and Dental College.

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