Stye And Chalazion Specialist

River North Eye Center

Nighat Mona Khan, MD

Ophthalmologist located in River North & Near Southside, Chicago, IL

Stye (Sty) and Chalazion Q & A

What is a chalazion?

A chalazion is a cyst that usually grows on your upper eyelid. Chalazia develop when the meibomian gland, which makes oil in your eyelid, clogs. Although chalazia don't usually hurt, they can be quite prominent on the eyelid, sometimes even weighing your lid down to interfere with your eyesight.

Is a chalazion the same as a stye (sty)?

Although chalazia look very similar to a stye (also known as sty), they're actually two different things. Usually, a stye is quite painful while a chalazion is typically painless. A stye is usually the result of an infection, while a chalazion is connected to a clogged eyelid gland. Regardless of whether it's a chalazion or stye, it's important to seek treatment so you don't have to live with it any longer.

How does the doctor do chalazion exams?

At River North Eye Center, your provider will do a gentle exam of your eyelid to check the bump. Next, they do a complete slit lamp examination of your eyes.

Your eye exam includes corneal and retinal examination, along with an eye-pressure (intraocular-pressure) check. Through this comprehensive exam, your provider can identify any eye conditions or problems that contributed to your chalazion.

What is the treatment for chalazion?

Chalazion treatment depends on several factors, including the size and location of your growth. If the bump is quite small and isn't interfering with your vision, your provider might recommend a wait-and-see approach. Often, small chalazia go away on their own.

If you're dealing with a large chalazion, your provider will likely recommend one of the following remedies:

  • Warm compresses to unclog the gland
  • Steroid injections to alleviate inflammation
  • Surgical excision, done on an outpatient basis

If a chalazion grows back after removal, your provider will perform a biopsy to rule out cancer. River North Eye Center always customizes all treatments to your specific needs.

Because your provider at River North Eye Center is a medical doctor, your treatments are covered by your medical insurance. The practice sees adult patients exclusively. Use the online booking tool or call the office to arrange your appointment today.

For videos of Sty/chalazion removal and steroid injection see the “Videos” section!