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Chalazion (Lump in Eyelid) (cont.)

What Is the Prognosis of a Chalazion?

Typically, a chalazion heals within a few weeks, but in some cases, it resolves slowly over months. If no infection or scarring develop, there are no long-term health consequences and it is unlikely to recur. However, in patients with untreated meibomian gland dysfunction or chronic blepharitis, another chalazion may develop later in any of the eyelids.

Is It Possible to Prevent a Chalazion?

Preventive measures against the development of a chalazion include ensuring that the lid margins are clean and that oil gland flow remains unobstructed. Treatment of underlying MGD and blepharitis are the best defenses against recurrence.

For More Information about Chalazia

American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO.org)
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Chalazion Pictures

Chalazion. Photo courtesy of Larry Stack, MD.
Chalazion. Photo courtesy of Larry Stack, MD.

Chalazion with an inverted eyelid. Photo courtesy of Larry Stack, MD.
Chalazion with an inverted eyelid. Photo courtesy of Larry Stack, MD.

Picture of a chalazion. Photo courtesy of Andrew A. Dahl, MD, FACS.
Picture of a chalazion. Photo courtesy of Andrew A. Dahl, MD, FACS.

REFERENCES:

Aycinena, A.R., A. Achiron, M. Paul, and Z. Burgansky-Eliash. "Incision and Curettage Versus Steroid Injection for the Treatment of Chalazia: A Meta-Analysis." Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg 32.3 May-June 2016: 220-4.

Driver, Paul J., and Lemp, Michael A. "Meibomian Gland Dysfunction." Survey of Ophthalmology 40.5 Mar. 1996: 343-367.

Neff, A.G., and K.D. Carter. "Benign Eyelid Lesions." Ophthalmology, 3rd ed. St. Louis, MO: Mosby Elsevier, 2008.

Papier, A., D.J. Tuttle, and T.J. Mahar. "Differential Diagnosis of the Swollen Red Eyelid." Am Fam Physician 76 (2007): 1815-1824.


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/11/2017

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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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