Medical Approach

A chalazion is a slowly developing lump that forms due to blockage and swelling of an oil gland in the eyelid. Initially, a chalazion may appear as a red, tender, swollen area of the eyelid. However, in a few days it changes to a painless, slow growing lump in the eyelid.

A chalazion often starts out very small and is barely able to be seen, but it may grow to the size of a pea or larger. A chalazion is also generally not due to an infection, but results from a blockage of the oil gland itself.

What to Expect

Dr. Lattman treats Chalazia with, topical medications, corticosteroid injection or surgical drainage. Surgical drainage is done in the office and usually takes about fifteen minutes.

Patients who have had a chalazia in the past are more prone to get others in the future. Dr. Lattman will review preventative treatments so the chalazia have a smaller chance of recurring.

Please reach out to Sophia, our Patient Coordinator, with your photos and questions, via email at or by phone at 212-832-5456.

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