Chalazion (Lump in Eyelid) (cont.)
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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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