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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 chalazions 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, you may feel pain and your eyelid may be red. A chalazion of the lower eyelid may be more visible when you look inside the lid while looking in a mirror.

When to Seek Medical Care

You should call your 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.

You should contact your ophthalmologist immediately if you have frequent bouts of eyelid swelling or if you experience 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

  • 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 3/28/2014

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