Chalazion (Meibomian Cyst) Removal
Chalazion removal is the perfect solution if you have a recurrent Meibomian cyst. This eyelid condition can be uncomfortable and annoying.
What is a Chalazion?
A chalazion, also known as a Meibomian cyst, is a small lump that develops on your eyelid. It’s the result of a blockage in the glands of your eyelid that produce oil, called Meibomian glands.
They have pinpoint openings along the rim of the eyelids, just behind the line of the eyelashes.
The Meibomian gland’s secretion slows the evaporation of the tear film from the eye’s surface.
Sometimes, a Meibomian gland duct can block due to inflammation (blepharitis). This causes the eyelid to become swelled and red.
Eventually, a visible lump can appear that, if large enough, can cause blurry vision.
Risk factors for chalazion also include rosacea – a skin condition that can affect the eyelids area- and poor eyelid hygiene. Hence, to prevent an eye cyst from developing, it is recommended to maintain a daily lid cleaning.
You can use a warm wet flannel plus a few drops of baby shampoo to clean your eyelids before going to sleep every night.
In cases where blepharitis causes repeated chalazion, your doctor may prescribe you an antibiotic ointment.
Additional tips for chalazion prevention include replacing makeup regularly (every six months) and avoid touching or rubbing your eyes without clean hands. Also, you should protect your eyes from dust and pollution by wearing glasses.
Written by Dr Osama Bahsas Zaky
Updated on October 26, 2021