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Hecker Eye Care Associates

Ophthalmologists located in Greensboro, NC

Chalazion is a condition that affects the glands of the eyelid. It is one of the most common eyelid conditions! Chalazion's more commonly occur in adults but it can be treated and even prevented with the proper care. If you develop a chalazion, be sure to make an appointment with the team at Hecker Eye Care Associates in Greensboro, North Carolina. The Doctor's use a variety of treatments to help relieve your symptoms and resolve the issue!

A chalazion is a slowly developing inflammatory lump that forms due to blockage and swelling of an oil gland in the eyelid. This is in comparison to a stye which is an infection of the oil glands. A stye is usually very small, painful, and red in comparison to a chalazion which is a large, firm and painless lump. However, if a stye is left untreated it can turn into a chalazion. 

Common causes:

  • Meibomian Gland Dysfunction
  • Chronic Blepharitis
  • Ocular Rosacea
  • Viral infections 
  • Prior Chalazion or Stye


  • Cosmetically unappealing
  • Blurred vision
  • Excessive tearing

Treatment and Prevention

  • Warm compressed 3-5 times per day for 10-15 minutes followed by a massage to help break up the hardened oil 
  • Good lid hygiene 
  • Oral antibiotics
  • Combination steroid/antibiotic ointment
  • Incision and Curettage
  • Steroid Injection

If a chalazion continues to recur, then a biopsy may be warranted.

To make an appointment for your lump or bump at Hecker Eye Care Associates, please call the office or use the online scheduler.