Chalazion/ Eye lid cysts

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What is a chalazion/ Eye lid cyst?

A chalazion, also known as a meibomian cyst, is a common condition affecting the eyelid. This forms because the duct of an oily gland in the eyelid becomes blocked. Chalazion often occurs with blepharitis (inflammation of the eyelid margins). The fluid-filled swelling (cyst) is usually felt as a small lump either on the inside or outside of the eyelid. Occasionally, it can become infected and become very painful.

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What can I do to manage/ prevent chalazion?

If your child suffers from blepharitis, your consultant will explain the conservative approach to manage this by means of:

  • Maintaining lid hygiene
  • Warm compress
  • Improving diet with Omega-3

Warm compresses help to make the lump shrink gradually but could take several months to disappear completely. If it becomes infected you will require antibiotic ointment, tablets, or both.

What is the treatment if conservative treatments fail?

If your child’s eyelid lump is large or does not appear to be shrinking, they will need a minor operation called an incision and curettage. Surgical management is also indicated If the lump is causing problems or if it is interfering with your child’s vision and visual development.

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