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What Is A Chalazion?

A chalazion is a small, painless bump that forms on the eyelid and is caused by a blocked oil gland. It can result in swelling and redness of the eyelid, and if left untreated, can become larger and more uncomfortable. Chalazia are common and can affect people of all ages. They can occur on one or both eyelids and can sometimes recur even after treatment. Treatment options include warm compresses, antibiotic ointments, and in some cases, surgical drainage.

Symptoms Of Chalazion:

  • Swelling and redness of the eyelid
  • Painless bump on the eyelid
  • Blurred or double vision (in severe cases)
  • Light sensitivity
  • Tenderness to touch
  • Watery or teary eye
  • Eyelid stiffness

Potential Causes of Chalazion:

  • Blockage of the oil-producing gland in the eyelid
  • Inflammation of the eyelid due to blepharitis or other eye conditions
  • Infections such as styes
  • Hormonal changes that affect oil production
  • Eye irritation or injury
  • Skin conditions such as rosacea
  • Certain medical conditions that affect the immune system

Reasons For Chalazion Incision & Drainage:

  • To drain the build-up of fluid and oil in the affected gland
  • To relieve swelling and discomfort caused by the chalazion
  • To prevent the chalazion from becoming larger and causing further discomfort
  • To prevent the chalazion from affecting vision
  • To reduce the risk of infection or recurrent chalazia
  • To provide a permanent solution for chronic or recurring chalazia
  • To treat chalazion once conservative treatments have failed

The Procedure Details

During the procedure, Dr. Braunstein will numb the area with an anesthetic agent. They will place a special chalazion clamp along the eyelid to isolate the chalazion. The clamp isolates the chalazion to minimize bleeding through pressure application and stabilize the eyelid. The eyelid will be everted, and an incision will be made on the inside. Using a curette, the contents will be scooped out. Finally, the chalazion clamp will be removed, and an ophthalmic ointment will be placed on the eye.

Recovery & Aftercare

After chalazion incision and drainage, some swelling, redness, and tenderness around the eyelid may occur and can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication and cold compresses. You should keep the eye clean and apply antibiotic ointment as directed. You must also avoid touching or rubbing the eye and avoid wearing eye makeup for a few days after the procedure. Normal activities can be resumed the day after the procedure, but please follow all aftercare instructions carefully.

Schedule Your Consultation With Dr. Braunstein

Dr. Alexandra Braunstein is a fellowship-trained oculofacial plastic surgeon specializing in reconstructive surgeries of the eyelids. During your consultation, Dr. Braunstein will assess your symptoms, perform a thorough eye exam, discuss your medical history, and curate a personalized chalazion incision and drainage surgical plan. Contact her office today to schedule your consultation and take the first step towards relief from your chalazion.

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