Chalazion - FAQS

Q. How do I know if I have a chalazion?
A. Swelling of the eyelid can often occur over weeks. It is more often the upper eyelid that is affected.
It is usually felt as a hard lump which may grow over time.
The lump may appear red and inflamed.

Q. What should I do if I think I have a chalazion?
A.You can try warm compresses to the affected area for 10-15 minutes 2-4 times a day.
You can clean the eyelid margin with a dilute (1:4) solution of baby shampoo. Do not scratch or try to “pop” the chalazion.
If this does not improve the chalazion within 2-3 days you should see an eye specialist to discuss further treatment.

Q. What further treatment might this involve?
A. Surgical drainage of the chalazion under local anaesthesia may be indicated.
You may be put on a course of oral or topical antibiotics.

Q. Will the chalazion recur?
A. Unfortunately chalazia may recur. If this happens we can discuss treatment strategies with you.

Q. Can Chalazia mask other problems?
A. Chalazia may rarely mask an underlying malignancy in the eyelid. The ophthalmologist will look for evidence of this at the time of examination, particularly if chalazia are recurrent.