CHALAZION / STYE GALLERY
A chalazion is an inflamed bump in the eyelid that occurs when hardened oils block an oil-producing gland (meibomian gland). It can be associated with blepharitis (inflammation of the eyelids) and rosacea, and can often lead to symptoms of dry eyes.
A hordeolum (stye) is an acute infection of oil-producing glands, most commonly caused by Staphylococcus aureus bacteria.
Treatment of chalazia and hordeola is initiated with frequent warm compresses and/or topical medications. Depending on the severity, oral antibiotics may be prescribed. Non-resolving or large chalazia can be treated with steroid injections or surgically in the office by incising and draining the inflamed lesion. This is usually performed through an incision on the inside of the eyelid, which leaves no visible scar.
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