CHALAZION OR MEIBOMIAN CYST

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.

 

Symptoms

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

 

Treatment

  • 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.

For more information please visit the links below

http://www.aao.org  American Academy of Ophthalmology