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Eyelid Lumps & Bumps at Northwest Indiana Eye & Laser Center-Valparaiso & Knox, IN

By Scott Buck, M.D.

The eye doctors at Northwest Indiana Eye & Laser Center provide examination, diagnosis and treatment of Eyelid Lumps and Bumps such as Chalazia and Styes for patients of all ages. There are a number of different types of lumps and bumps patients can experience on their eyelids that might cause them concern. Within the upper and lower eyelids are some small oil producing glands. If one or more of these glands should become inflamed a small lump, called a Chalazion, can form. A Chalazion is an inflammatory reaction to trapped oil secretions in the eyelid rather than by bacteria, although it is possible that a Chalazion can become infected from bacteria. It is easy to confuse a Chalazion with a stye which is an actual infection of an eyelash follicle that usually forms a red, sore lump at the eyelid margin. Generally, Chalazia point toward the inside of the eyelid whereas Styes will point outward.

If you develop a Chalazion there are several methods of treatment that we might recommend depending on the size and the symptoms you present to us. Sometimes if the chalazion is small and you have no symptoms it may simply resolve on its own. If the chalazion is large it may cause some blurriness of your vision in which case we may prescribe:

  • Application of Warm Compresses by holding a clean washcloth that has been soaked in hot water against the closed eyelid for 5-10 minutes at a time, 3-4 times per day. By resoaking the washcloth in hot water several times you can maintain its heat. By using warm compresses most Chalazia will disappear with a couple of weeks. We may find it necessary to also prescribe an antibiotic to help things along.
  • Surgical Excision or Incision is sometimes necessary for large Chalazia as they often do not respond well to either or both warm compresses with or without antibiotics. By surgically opening the Chalazion after any inflammation is reduced we are able to treat the large Chalazia.

NOTE: The majority of Chalazia respond quite well to the treatments described above. Some patients seem prone to recurrences of Chalazia, often in the same location. If this occurs we may recommend a biopsy to rule out an underlying problem or a more serious problem.

Northwest Indiana Eye & Laser Center provides examination, diagnosis and treatment of eyelid lumps and bumps for patients from northern Indiana including La Porte, Mishawaka, South Bend, Michigan City, Crown Point, Merrillville, Chesterton, South Haven, Westville, Hebron, Lowell, Valparaiso and Walkerton as well as Indiana, Illinois suburban areas of Frankfurt, Calumet City, Monee and Crete. To schedule an appointment for eyelid lumps and bumps, please call us at 219-464-8223.

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Northwest Indiana Eye & Laser Center, P.C.
502 Marquette Street
Valparaiso, Indiana 46383
219-464-8223

Northwest Indiana Eye & Laser Center, P.C.
1001 S. Edgewood Drive, #5
Knox, Indiana 46534
574-772-2012

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Northwest Indiana Eye & Laser Center in Valparaiso and Knox, IN provides eye exams for adults & children,
eye surgery such as LASIK, cataract surgery & lens implants and eyelid surgery, diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma,
age related macular degeneration (AMD), diabetic retinopathy and dry eye, as well as eye exams for cataracts, eyeglasses and contact lenses.