I have had a Chalazion on my left upper eyelid for about a month now. It had been growing larger, and recently started to form a white head.

I get styes and chalazions fairly frequently, but never this large. I even had one on the other eye that complicated into a diagnosis of conjunctival pyogenic granuloma (excision surgery was recommended, but the tumor went away on it's own after a couple months).

My current chalazion is draining as we speak...

What can I do to prevent infection?

  • Keep applying warm compress?
  • Saline solution?
  • Is it necessary to visit the ophthalmologist to get a topical antibiotic, or should I wait to see if signs of infection show?

Chalazion Photo http://i.share.pho.to/59dc1e8b_l.jpeg

  • Optometrists may be able to help, but I think you might mean "opthalmologist". Optometrists are the good folks who make eyeglasses. Opthalmologists deal with issuea which mat result in recurrent chalazions. Nov 16, 2015 at 23:55
  • I've had those damn things but never had one drain so I don't know the answer, but if I had infectious material draining into my eye I would want some antibiotic coverage.
    – Carey Gregory
    Nov 19, 2015 at 6:31
  • Thanks - that was my exact line of thought, but I decided to monitor the eye closely and so far it has been doing very well. I have a small 'scab' on the eyelid but every day the eye is less swollen. Nov 20, 2015 at 14:16
  • Hi there, this seems like it's asking for personal diagnosis, but is dancing on the line of general treatment for Chalazion. Could you please add a definition for chalazion and then reword the question to reflect a more general question? Then we may be able to address it.
    – Dave Liu
    Feb 13, 2016 at 0:43


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