What treatments are available?
Treatment of a Chalazion or Stye
The majority will swell until the cyst points and the contents discharges either through the eyelid skin or from the inside of the lid. Applying hot compresses can help speed up this process.
Occasionally, a chalazion will progress to cause an infection of the eyelid and is associated with increasing pain, advancing redness of the eyelid skin and worsening swelling. In this scenario, it is important to commence oral or intravenous antibiotics, and you should seek urgent medical attention.
If the chalazion cyst does not self-resolve and a small residual firm lump remains within the eyelid, the cyst will need incising and draining to aid resolution and your specialist can advise you accordingly.
Treatment of Lower Eyelid Malposition
Correction of the lower eyelid malposition requires addressing the specific cause and improving the protection of the eye.
- Temporary measures may include lubricant eye drops and antibiotic drops or ointments for recurrent infections.
- For entropion (in-turning), a muscle-relaxant injection can be given in certain instances, which will give approximately 3 months of improvement. In addition, eyelid tape can be applied from the lower eyelid and down onto the cheek to temporarily pull the lower eyelid down away from the eye and give some relief of the symptoms.
- Permanent treatment is usually surgical.