What is it?

A chalazion is a small, slow-growing lump or cyst that develops within the eyelid. They are not usually painful and rarely last longer than a few weeks. A chalazion can form when a meibomian gland at the edge of an eyelid becomes blocked or inflamed. These glands produce oil that lubricates the surface of the eye.

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Signs & symptoms

Signs and symptoms of chalazion may include:
- Painless swelling on the eyelid
- Eyelid tenderness typically none-to-mild
- Increased tearing
- Heaviness of the eyelid
- Redness of conjunctiva


There are no special tests for chalazia. The doctor will probably ask about symptoms, past eye problems, and health history in general.


Chalazia often go away in days or weeks without treatment. But certain things might speed the process. One remedy is to apply warm, moist heat to the area with a clean washcloth. Gently massage the area to help open the gland.

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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