Chalazion is the term for a lump or raised area, on the eyelid, which occurs due to a blocked meibomian, or the eyelid gland. A stye is the name given in the initial or acute phase of the possibly infected gland, whereas the chalazion is the residual chronic protrusion or lump that follows.
Seek medical attention from an ophthalmologist if you experience eye problems. At home, the most important thing you can do is try to remove the obstruction from the gland. Close your eyes and massage with a warm cloth over the blocked gland. Over-the-counter products are usually not necessary, but they are important to clean the area from the openings of the glands at the edge of the eyelid. When used together with hot cloth massage, over-the-counter cleaning foams for eyelids and cushions made by companies such as Ocusoft and Theratears can help maintain your eyelid hygiene regime.
Your ophthalmologist may think that an infection is present during the acute phase of your illness. Depending on the severity, you can prescribe medications to treat your condition.
If a chalazion remains after the acute phase, then surgical removal can be performed, if desired. If the problem is a simple stye, it is important to use hot packs during the acute phase to properly drain as much of the blockage as possible. This reduces the risk of developing a posterior chalazion.
Loss of eyelashes
Eyelash loss is not necessarily a common problem with a chalazion, but you should still consult an ophthalmologist as soon as an eye problem arises because early intervention usually produces better results. Performing daily massages with hot packs on the margins of the eyelids will significantly decrease the likelihood of developing blocked glands or resolve them more quickly if they appear. If you have maintained an adequate regimen of eyelid hygiene, seek treatment with an ophthalmologist or have had surgery, and still suffer from loss of eyelashes, the only treatment available for the growth of eyelashes is a prescription drug, called Latisse. As with all medications, the results and side effects vary and the use of Latisse must be supervised by an eye care physician. Side effects include darkening of the skin, darkening or discoloration of the iris and rash. Irregular eyelash growth and other eye problems may occur with Latisse. The application of makeup for eyelashes can often mask or improve your loss of eyelashes.