Chalazion & Styes Eyelid Lumps & Bumps at The Eye Clinic of Texas serving greater Houston in Galveston, Texas City & League City.

By Da-Thuy Van, D.O.

For Houston and Galveston patients with eyelid bumps or lumps it is helpful to understand more about chalazion and styes. A chalazion is sometimes confused with a stye, which also appears as a lump in the eyelid.  However, a style is an infection of a lash follicle and forms a red, sore lump.  Chalazia tend to occur farther from the edge of the eyelid than styles and tend to “point” toward the inside of the eyelid.  Sometimes a chalazion can cause the entire eyelid to swell suddenly, but usually there is a particular tender point.
When a chalazion is small and without symptoms, it may disappear on its own.  If the chalazion is large, it may cause blurred vision.  Chalazia are treat with any or a combination of the following methods:

  • Warm compresses help to clear the clogged gland;
  • Antibiotic ointments may be prescribed if bacteria infect the chalazion;
  • Steroid injections may be used to reduce inflammation;
  • Surgery may be used to drain a large chalazion if it does not respond to other treatments.  The procedure is usually performed under local anesthesia in the office.

Chalazia usually respond well to treatment, although some people are prone to recurrences.  If a chalazion recurs in the same place, your ophthalmologist may suggest a biopsy to rule out problems that are more serious.

If you or someone you know suffers from eyelid bumps such as Chalazia or Styes please schedule an appointment for an eye exam at The Eye Clinic of Texas by calling 800-423-3937.