Monday, February 19, 2018 by Rhonda Johansson
A chalazion is a small lump or swelling that appears on the eyelid. The cyst is not painful but may take some time for it to go down. It is rare that a chalazion will impair vision.
Chalazia are formed when a gland in the eyelid becomes blocked. The blockage forms a cyst which eventually hardens to form a nodule.
These should not be confused with styes. Styes (both internal and external) are the result of an infection of either the Meibomian gland or eyelash follicle. Styes are also painful.
Chalazia appear as a painless lump either on the upper or lower eyelid. They may occur in both lids in both eyes at the same time. They are noted to be relatively small and painless. A chalazion is not contagious and occurs more often in adults than in children.
Very rarely will a chalazion grow big enough to impair vision.
A chalazion can become red and swollen if it becomes infected. It would then become a stye.
The cyst affects your eyelid.
Chalazia usually occur among people who often touch their eyelids with unclean hands. Some people may have naturally thicker Meibomian glands than others, making them more susceptible to the condition.
That said, chalazia is not symptomatic of a poor diet, but of poor hygiene. No food items or nutrients are known to prevent the condition. Patients are asked to practice good lifestyle habits, such as regularly washing one’s hands and avoiding touching one’s face.
Chalazia go away on their own. If the lump is annoying you though, we’d recommend the following:
Chalazia are painless lumps that occur in the eyelid. This happens when the gland becomes blocked. These should go away on their own after a few days, but you can use some alternative remedies to hasten the healing process.
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