Many times you may come across people having a nodular swelling in their inner eyelid, this swelling is called Chalazion. Chalazion is also known as meibomian cyst. There are several tiny meibomian glands situated in the eyelids. These glands secrete oily fluid which mixes with tears to keep the eyes moist.
Chalazion is common among adults as compared to children. Men and women are equally affected by this common eyelid problem. Lack of hygienic care of eyes and eyelids together with local eye infection are the two main reasons for formation of chalazion. A chalazion develops gradually over a period of time. Usually the lump is painless, unless there is secondary bacterial infection.
Surgery For Chalazion Removal
There are several ways to remove a chalazion. A person may opt for surgical removal after all the avenues for conservative treatment have exhausted. Surgical removal is the quickest and fastest approach in the treatment of chalazion, however as with every surgical procedure, there are advantage and disadvantage of chalazion removal.
It is removed under local anesthesia. It takes few minutes for removal of the tiny cyst from the inner side of the eyelid after making a small incision. Once the cheesy material is removed the surgeon bandages the eye. There is no need for sutures as the cut is small, and healing takes place uneventful in most cases without any residual scar.
Chalazion Surgery Aftercare
After you go home, there may be mild discomfort or pain in the operated eyelid. To relieve the pain and swelling, you have to take the prescribed medicines. The eye pad and eye shield may be removed after 8 to 10 hours. Wear your glasses once the eye pad is removed if you are wearing any glasses. However, wearing contact lens immediately after the operation is contraindicated. A person can wear it only after eight to ten weeks, or after the doctor’s advice.
Take precaution that water does not enter into the eyes. Avoid washing your face and hair with water for 7 to 10 days. For first 2 to 3 days avoid computer work or continuous activities that strain the eyes.
How To Remove Chalazion Without Surgery?
Many times a hard lump of chalazion reduces in size with conservative methods.
- Warm compress is useful to start with. Apply warm compresses at least 3 to 4 times in a day regularly for two weeks. Warm compresses help the hardened accumulated oil to become soft and drain out easily.
- A gentle massage over the eyelids may help the blocked glands to open and drain the accumulated oily fluid.
- Homoeopathic medicines such as staphysagria and sulfur are effective in treating recurrent chalazion.
- Warm a few leaves of guava and cover them with clean cloth. Now place the cloth with warm leaves on the affected eyelid. Warm guava leaves will help to reduce the inflammation and pain. It will simultaneously help to remove the blockage of the meibomian gland.