A chalazion (pronounced kuh-lay-zee-un) is an enlarged oil-producing gland in the eyelid. It forms when the gland opening becomes clogged with oil. Sometimes a chalazion is confused with a stye. A stye is a red, sore lump near the edge of the eyelid.
What Causes a Chalazion?
A chalazion is caused by an infected eyelash follicle. In contrast, a chalazion is not caused by a bacterial infection.
Sometimes the only symptom of a chalazion is a lump on the eyelid. Unfortunately, chalazia may become red, swollen, and tender. They can even cause blurred vision by distorting the shape of the eye.
Treatments for chalazia may include:
- warm compresses
- antibiotic ointments (if the chalazion becomes infected)
- steroid injections
- surgical removal
An ophthalmologist (eye doctor) can diagnose and treat this condition.
If you suspect you might have a chalazion, contact your eye doctor today.