Chalazion is a painless nodule of the eyelid caused by inflammation of specialized oil glands of the eyelid. It is associated with blepharitis, meibomian gland dysfunction and acne rosacea, but it can also occur without these associated conditions. The treatment for chalazion is conservative initially with warm compresses four times daily. In more severe cases, antibiotic pill and antiobiotic ointment with steroid may be prescribed to help with the acute inflammation. If chalazion is refractory to conservative management, it can be incised and drained under local anesthesia in the clinic. This involves little discomfort or down time. Most patients drive themselves and return to work the same day and do not need a follow-up unless the chalazion does not resolve to satisfaction.

For patients with tendency to develop chalazion, it is strongly recommended that they continue daily regimen of warm compress and lid hygiene. See discussion regarding warm compresses in Patient Resources. Some patient may require antibiotic pill that has an anti-inflammatory property and can thin the oil in oil glands.