Chalazion

What

An enlargement of a long, thin oil gland in the eyelid.

Symptoms

Initially a chalazion shares the appearance of a stye: swollen eyelid with pain and irritation.  After a few days the symptoms disappear leaving a round, painless swelling in the eyelid that grows slowly for the first week. A red or grey area may develop underneath the eyelid.

Cause

Typically caused by an obstruction of the gland opening at the edge of the eyelid.

Treatment

Most chalazions disappear without treatment after a few months but always be sure to have any growths examined by a professional.

If you need any further advice, please contact Ian Cameron.

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