Stye and Chalazion

What is a Stye or Chalazion?

You may have a stye or chalazion if you have a lump on your eyelid.  They usually occur rather suddenly and may or may not be painful.  You may notice a pain, tenderness or irritation.  Sometimes you may feel a foreign body sensation, tenderness to the eyelid or complain of blurry vision.  A stye or chalazion can sometimes be related to blepharitis.  Also, certain conditions such as  acnea rosacea can often predispose to them.

Diagnosisstye or chalazion

Dr. Stanley Grandon, Dr. Cindy Wang and I can perform a complete eye examination to determine the cause of your problem.  Usually a stye or a chalazion can  by diagnosed with a slit lamp examination.  We offer same day appointments to any patients with urgent eye conditions.

What is the Difference Between a Stye and a Chalazion?

A stye is often caused by an infection in the root of an eyelash (follicle) or oil gland.  They tend to become tender, swollen and painful.  It may look like a pimple or bump on the eyelid.

A chalazion occurs from a blocked or clogged oil gland in the eyelid.  They usually do not cause pain or tenderness.

How are They Treated?

Both a stye and a chalazion are initially treated with warm compresses.  We will also likely prescribe an antibiotic drop or ointment.  Dr. Stanley Grandon, Dr. Cindy Wang and I will likely give the treatment a week or two to see if it effective in allowing it to resolve.

If conservative treatment is not effective, we may recommend draining it in our office.   We can numb the area and drain it.  This can be done the same day of your follow up appointment if necessary.  You may return to your regular daily activities the same day.

Alaina Kronenberg, M.D.
Cataract Specialist
Comprehensive Ophthalmologist
Dearborn, Michigan 48126

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