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Chalazion (Lump in Eyelid) (cont.)


Typically, a chalazion goes away within a couple of weeks. If so, no long-term consequences occur. A chalazion is not contagious.

If the chalazion lasts for weeks or comes back, then your ophthalmologist can evaluate whether the lump should be removed surgically. Surgery, if necessary, is usually done through an incision in the inside of the lid and therefore should leave no visible scar. Although tumors of the eyelids do occur, a chalazion is not a tumor and has no malignant potential.

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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.

Medically reviewed by William Baer, MD; Board Certified Ophthalmology

Author: Andrew A. Dahl, MD, FACS, Residency Director, Ophthalmology, Kingston Hospital, Mid Hudson Family Practice Institute, Assistant Professor of Surgery (Ophthalmology), Department of Ophthalmology, the Institute for Family Health, New York College of Medicine

Editor: Jerry R. Balentine, DO, FACEP

Previous contributing authors and editors:

Author: Matthew D Belden, MD, Staff Physician, Department of Emergency Medicine, Advocate Christ Medical Center.

Coauthor(s): Lance W Kreplick, MD, MMM, Medical Director, Department of Emergency Medicine, Regional Medical Center - Bayonet Point.

Editors: David T Wong, MD, FRCSC, Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, Department of Ophthalmology, St Michael's Hospital, University of Toronto, Canada; Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD, Senior Pharmacy Editor, eMedicine; Robert H Graham, MD, Ophthalmologist, Robert H Graham, MD, PC; Affiliated With Department of Ophthalmology, Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale, Arizona and Carl T Hayden VA Medical Center, Phoenix, Arizona.


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

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/28/2014

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