Styes & Chalazia

Styes and chalazia are small fluid-filled cysts that develop along the eyelid as a result of an infected or blocked oil gland. While these bumps do not usually lead to any serious complications, they may cause pain, swelling and tearing of the eye. Larger chalazia may gradually obstruct vision.

A stye appears on the eyelid as a small red bump. It may enlarge and hurt. A chalazion is similar but typically larger and less painful. Styes and chalazia may heal within a week or two.

Styes and chalazia are initially treated with hot compresses. Your doctor may prescribe antibiotic eye drops as well. If the lump persists or enlarges, the doctor may numb the eyelid and drain the infection. Patients should avoid wearing makeup or contact lenses until after the stye or chalazion has healed.