What Is An Eyelid Chalazion?

An eyelid chalazion is simply a stye that does not go away. It is due to a blocked tear gland in the eyelid. It occurs due to a common condition called blepharitis, which cause the many tiny tear glands in the eyelids to produce thick oily secretions. Styes are generally small in size and form as tiny bumps on the inner or outer eyelid, sometimes as a result of a bacterial infection. From time to time, surgical draining is required when the stye does not respond to medication or disappear on its own, however the application of antibiotic eye drops usually results in its disappearance.

Symptoms of Blepharitis

Symptoms of blepharitis include ocular irritation, itching, foreign body sensation, and swelling. It can be mild to severe, and can last days to many years. There are a variety of treatment options, including eyelid cleaning (baby shampoo scrubs, warm compresses), oral medication (doxcycycline), and ocular drops (Azasite and antibiotic/steroid combo drops).

How To Prevent A Stye

Because eyelid stye’s are most commonly caused by a bacterial infection, it’s always important to wash your hands before touching your own eyes or others. If you wear contacts, it’s especially important to practice a thorough hygiene routine whenever handling your eye care in order to eliminate germs and bacteria. If re-occuring eyelid stye’s seem to be a problem for you, you may want to consider visiting an expert ocular surgeon in order to correct this problem.

How Long Will A Stye Last?

A new eyelid sty can be painful, but that is usually temporary, lasting hours to days. A sty usually goes away on its own. However, some styes don’t go away and result in a chalazion, which is painless. It is a collection of thick mucus and inflammatory response. Treatment options depend on the size and exact location of the chalazion. Treatment options include aggressive eyelid hygiene, injection of a medicine into the chalazion, and surgical drainage. Dr.  Taban uses a special combination of steroid and 5FU mixture to inject chalazions, which usually cause resolution of the chalazion in days to a few weeks without leaving any scars. Dr. Taban has contributed to many textbooks regarding the treatment and procedure process of eyelid chalazions.

Before and 1 month after lower eyelid chalazion (sty) excision

Before (left) and 1 month after (right) LEFT lower eyelid chalazion (stye) excision

Before and after one month with chalazion.

Before (left) and one month after (right) eyelid stye treated with kenalog/5FU injection.


Before (left) and one month after (right photo) of eyelid chalazion drainage.

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