Incision and Drainage of a Chalazion
What is a Chalazion?
A chalazion is formed from a blockage of the meibomian glands in the eyelids and is commonly seen in blepharitis. The blockage creates a round bump in the eyelid that can often last several months and is a cosmetic concern. These can be drained in the office, for adults, or under anaesthetic in children.
What is the chalazion drainage procedure?
Here we take you through the chalazion drainage procedure. The goal of the procedure is to open the meibomian glands on the inside of the lid so that the blocked material can be expressed and drained.
What to expect after having a chalazion incised and drained?
It is normal to have blood-tinged tears or a little drainage from the site for a few days and your surgeon will likely give you an ointment or a drop to help with healing. The skin changes caused by the chalazion can take several weeks to resolve. Sometimes several glands are involved and a persistent bump is felt. If this doesn’t resolve within a few weeks, then the procedure could be repeated.