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Chalazion (Lump in Eyelid) (cont.)

Chalazion Symptoms and Signs

  • Swelling of the upper or lower eyelid may occur gradually over weeks with chalazia occurring more frequently on the upper lid.
  • A chalazion appears as a localized hard lump that may grow as large as 1/8 of an inch.
  • Occasionally, one may feel pain and the eyelid may be red. A chalazion of the lower eyelid may be more visible when one looks inside the lid while looking in a mirror.

When to Seek Medical Care

Call a primary-care doctor or an ophthalmologist (a medical doctor who specializes in the diagnosis and medical and surgical treatment of eye disease) for an appointment if eyelid redness or swelling does not improve with warm-towel compresses in three to four days.

Contact an ophthalmologist immediately for frequent bouts of eyelid swelling or if experiencing any of the following:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Any visual changes (for example, blurred vision, decreased ability to see)
  • Eye pain or drainage
  • Extensive swelling or redness
  • If both the upper eyelid and the lower eyelid of one eye are swollen
  • If both eyes are swollen

Questions to Ask the Doctor About Chalazia

  • What causes a chalazion?
  • How is a chalazion treated?
  • Is there any medical condition that may be causing this chalazion?
  • What should make me return to the doctor?
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/25/2015

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A chalazion (Greek for hailstone) is a lipogranuloma of either a meibomian gland or a Zeis gland.

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