A chalazion (sometimes referred to as a ‘stye’) is a lump of the lid that is caused by obstruction of the drainage duct of an oil gland within the upper or lower eyelid. This lump may increase in size over days to weeks and may occasionally become red, warm, or painful.
The gland involved in the formation of a chalazion is a modified oil gland (meibomian gland) that lies within the eyelid. There are about 30-40 of these glands within each of the upper and lower lids. These glands secrete oil into the tears. When one of these glands becomes blocked, it can increase in size and cause a visible lump.
As the first sign of a stye, apply warm, wet compresses for 5 to 10 minutes, 3 to 6 times a day. This usually helps to open a blocked pore so that it can drain and start to heal. Let the stye or chalazion open on its own. Don’t squeeze or open it. Avoid wearing eye makeup or using contact lenses until the area has healed.
Sometimes you will need the support of a topical medication which Dr. Landrio can prescribe. If you feel that you are experiencing anything like this, please call the office at 516-546-4800