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Meibomian glands help to lubricate the eyelids.  If the gland becomes blocked, it may swell up and cause a painless lump.


Causes of a Chalazion or Meibomian Cyst

  • Blepharitis – chronic red inflamed lid margins.

  • Acne Rosacea.

  • Seborrheic dermatitis.

  • Lid injections.



Initially resembles a stye when the gland blocks, then become a painless firm lump in the eyelid.  The lump may disappear after a few weeks or months.



  • Chalazion may disappear spontaneously over weeks to months.

  • At the first sign of eyelid irritation, apply a warm compress several times a day.

  • If you are prone to eyelid problems, then wash the eyelid area daily.

  • Antibiotics are not helpful unless infected.

  • If the chalazion persists causing blurred vision, then they can be removed surgically under local anaesthetic.

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