Chalazion/Meibomian Cyst

A chalazion is a common, troublesome condition. It is due to blockage or dysfunction of a meibomian gland which is an oil producing gland in the eyelid margin.

The condition presents as a lump in the eyelid; sometimes quite hard and well defined and sometimes less well defined and surrounded by soft swelling.

The lump can be treated with warm compresses but can persist for quite some time.

A quick, surgical procedure can be performed to resolve the lump effectively. The procedure involves making a cut on the inside of the eyelid and clearing out the contents of the lump. The procedure usually takes 5-10 minutes under local anaesthetic.

To reduce the risk of chalazia returning please see the section on ‘blepharitis’.