The appearance of red, swollen bumps on the eyelids can cause significant physical and emotional distress. Medically known as a chalazion, these swollen lumps are usually caused by oil accumulation in the eyelids. Dr. Abbott performs a simple incision and drainage to correct the problem and restore optimal eye health.
Chalazion Incision & Drainage
What is Chalazion?
A chalazion is a small, painless lump on the eyelid caused by the inflammation of an oil gland. Generally, chalazion forms when the oil-producing glands on the eyelid become clogged, and the body’s natural response is to create a lump filled with a white fatty substance. A chalazion can be uncomfortable and cause pain, redness, and swelling. Sometimes, a chalazion can improve with warm compresses and antibiotics, but if that doesn’t work, a surgical incision and drainage is necessary.
Symptoms of Chalazion:
- Small, painless lump on the eyelid
- Redness, swelling, irritation, tenderness
- Irritation or pain around the eye
- Visible lump on the eyelid
- Blurred vision
The Chalazion Surgery Recovery
Recovering from a chalazion surgery is generally quite straightforward. After the procedure, some swelling and irritation around the eye may occur, along with general discomfort. To ensure a speedy recovery, take any prescribed medication, keep your eye clean, and wear protective sunglasses when outside. There is no real downtime associated with the procedure — you can return to normal activities after one or two days. However, you must avoid wearing contact lenses for a few days.
Contact Dr. Abbott
Dr. Meredith Abbott is a Board-Certified Ophthalmologist specializing in the most up-to-date reconstructive procedures, including chalazion incision and drainage. She carefully examines your eyelids, administers tests, and evaluates the root cause of your condition to curate a personalized treatment plan. She believes your treatment should be comfortable, stress-free, and relaxing, so every aspect of the treatment is designed to soothe and relax. If you have signs and symptoms of a chalazion, please schedule an appointment today.