The professional staff of Ford Eye Center provides services to patients throughout Arlington and Mansfield, Texas, and encourages residents in the surrounding areas to visit the facility for all of their vision needs. The ophthalmologists offer a variety of treatment options for eye conditions such as styes and chalazions.
Chalazions are basically small lumps that develop when a tear or oil gland becomes blocked or clogged. They are similar to styes in both look and size, but rarely cause any pain or discomfort. If the chalazion begins to grow abnormally large, it may be hard or rubbery to the touch. Although they are located on the eyelid, they may grow large enough to partially obstruct a person's vision. Most chalazions disappear on their own and don’t require extensive medical attention. If a chalazion appears and continues to grow, it should be carefully observed. If it doesn’t begin to shrink after a few weeks, you should visit an ophthalmologist.
Unlike a stye, a chalazion will rarely grow and erupt. While the lump may continue to grow, it’s relatively harmless, producing no pain and offering no risk of infection. One of the most effective methods of treatment for chalazions involves placing a very warm compress on the area for several minutes. Because the chalazion is the result of a blocked tear or oil gland, the heat may be able to soften the blockage, allowing the tears and oils to flow freely. Once the circulation has been restored, the chalazion gradually begins to disappear without the need for a doctor's visit or a trip to the emergency room.
Styes and chalazions are similar in nature but they are not the same thing. A chalazion is the result of a blockage or clog in an oil or tear duct. It produces a small, hard lump that may feel slightly rubbery, but isn’t painful. A stye on the other hand, is the result of a mild infection. A stye also appears on the eyelid, but can be extremely painful as the infection begins to cause a head to form that looks somewhat like a pimple. Styes are red, warm, and can be extremely painful to the touch. A stye located in the corner of the eye can make it difficult to blink or close your eyes. If the stye erupts, it will normally disappear within a few hours.