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Chalazion & Stye

If you have a small, uncomfortable lump on the edge of your eyelid, it may be a stye or chalazion.

Oily tears are naturally produced by meibomian glands, which are located under our eyelids. When these glands are blocked, they may form a chalazion or stye (i.e. hordeolum).



At FaceRestoration, we understand the discomfort and potential embarrassment caused by a chalazion or stye and aim to relieve your symptoms as soon as possible. We offer a wide range of treatments; from prescription eye care to minor surgery.

Stye symptoms can include:

  • An eyelid bump that is very uncomfortable, located beneath the eyelashes or at the base of the eyelashes.
  • Feeling as if something is in your eye
  • An eye that feels scratchy
  • Having a sensitivity to light
  • The eyelid margin is “crusty.”
  • Watery eyes

A chalazion can develop, and you might not see any symptoms. When there are symptoms, they can include:

  • a bump on the eyelid, sometimes becoming red and swollen. Occasionally it can be tender.
  • rarely, an entirely swollen eyelid
  • blurry vision, if the chalazion is large enough to press on the eyeball

A chalazion might form and you may not notice any symptoms. When there are symptoms, they might include:

  • A lump on the eyelid, which may become red and swollen at times.
  • If the chalazion is large enough to push on the eyeball, it may cause impaired vision.
  • A completely swollen eyelid (this is rare)

What Causes a Stye?

Styes (also known as hordeolums) are small, red, painful lumps that grow at the base of the eyelash or under the eyelid. Styes are typically caused by minor bacterial infections.

Styes can be classified into two types:

External hordeolum: An external hordeolum is a stye that appears at the base of your eyelashes. It is usually caused by a hair follicle infection. It might look like a spot.
Internal hordeolum: An internal hordeolum is a stye in your eyelid. These are usually caused by an infection in a small eyelid gland that produces oils.

If you have blepharitis, you may get a stye. This is a condition that causes your eyelids at the base of your lashes to become red and puffy.

When you initially get a stye, your eyelid is likely to be red and tender to the touch. Your eye may also feel itchy and sore.

What Is the Cause of a Chalazion?


Before the ageing process takes hold, in female patients, the eyebrows should rest just above the orbital ridge (the ridge above the eye socket). In males, the eyebrow naturally sits slightly lower. If the brow sits lower than the natural position, this is a good indication that treatment for ptosis may be an option. 

The first signs of brow ptosis are found on the side nearest the temples. This is due to the muscles in the temporal area being weaker than those in the middle of the forehead. 

What are the differences between a stye and a chalazion?

It might be difficult to distinguish between a stye and a chalazion at times.A stye can be excruciatingly painful. It generally occurs near the border of the eyelid and is caused by an infected eyelash root. It frequently expands, perhaps affecting the entire eyelid.A chalazion is typically not unpleasant. It is a lump on the eyelid that normally develops further back than a stye. It is caused by an obstructed oil gland. It seldom causes the entire eyelid to enlarge.

Who Is At Risk for Styes and Chalazia?

A stye or chalazion can affect anyone. However, you are more likely to get one if you have:Blepharitis is a condition that affects the border of your eyelids. Have you ever had a stye or chalazion? Acne, rosacea, or seborrheic dermatitis are examples of skin conditions. Diabetes and other medical issues

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