Chalazion Surgery in the Central Valley

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A chalazion is a small, painless lump that can develop on your eyelid. The lump typically develops due to a blocked meibomian gland and can appear on either the upper or lower eyelid. Chalazia are very similar to both internal and external styes and are often confused for them. Styes are infections of the meibomian gland, sweat gland, or eyelash follicle and are typically painful, where chalazia are not. However, chalazia can develop after styes.

Chalazia are caused by blockages in the meibomian glands, which produce oil for the tear film, which keeps the eyes moist. Often, inflammation and bacteria lead to blockages that cause chalazia.

Chalazia are most common in people with inflammatory conditions such as acne, rosacea, or blepharitis. Viral conjunctivitis or other infections affecting the inside of the eyelids can also lead to chalazia development.

Chalazia are typically lumps or swelling on either the upper or lower eyelid. They may affect both eyelids and can occur in both eyes at the same time. Large chalazia can blur or block vision depending on their location.

If an infection is present, you may experience redness, swelling, and pain, but this is uncommon.

If you suspect you may have a chalazion, please give us a call and we will examine your eyes. We will take a close look at the lump on your eyelid and ask about any accompanying symptoms to determine what it is and what may be causing it.

Not all lumps are chalazions!

Treating a Chalazion

Some chalazia go away without treatment. However, your ophthalmologist may recommend a combination of home and medical treatment or surgery.

The best way to help a chalazion heal is to avoid touching it as much as possible. Do not try to squeeze it. When you try to treat it, be sure to always do so with clean, dry hands.

Use a warm compress or washcloth on the affected eye for 10 minutes 4 times a day. This may help to soften the blockage in the meibomian gland and reduce any associated swelling.

Your ophthalmologist may also recommend gently massaging the chalazion a few times a day or scrubbing your eyelid. They may also prescribe you medicated eye drops or eyelid creams to apply at home.

If home treatment is ineffective, your ophthalmologist may recommend a surgical procedure.

Chalazion Surgery

Chalazion surgery is a minimally invasive day surgery in which your eyelids will be numb using a numbing injection directly onto the eyelids.

It is essential to discuss any medications you are currently taking with your doctor before the procedure to minimize the chance of any complications occurring. We will also discuss any specific pre-surgery guidelines to follow.

Once you are under the effects of the numbing agent, your surgeon will begin the procedure. First, they will use a clamp to keep your eye open and the lump stable. Then, they will make an incision on either the inside or outside of your eyelid, depending on the size and location of the chalazion.

Your surgeon will then scrape out the contents of the chalazion and close the incision with cauterization. The surgery is straightforward and only takes around 10 – 20 minutes depending on how many chalazions and the size.

After the procedure, your ophthalmologist will prescribe you antibiotic ointment. You may also be given an eye patch to protect your eye. Be sure to follow any aftercare instructions laid out by your doctor to ensure the surgical site heals properly.

Our Locations

Fresno

Address

6767 North Fresno Street
Fresno, California 93710

Contact Information

Phone: 559-432-1000

Find our Fresno office at 6767 North Fresno Street on the Southwest corner of Fresno and Herndon off the 41.

Hours of Operations

Monday
8 AM5 PM
Tuesday
8 AM5 PM
Wednesday
8 AM5 PM
Thursday
8 AM5 PM
Friday
8 AM5 PM
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed

Madera

Address

1011 West Yosemite Avenue
Madera, California 93637

Contact Information

Phone: 559-673-6000

Find our Madera office at 1011 West Yosemite Avenue on the corner of Yosemite and P Street.

 

Hours of Operations

Monday
8 AM5 PM
Tuesday
8 AM5 PM
Wednesday
8 AM5 PM
Thursday
8 AM5 PM
Friday
8 AM5 PM
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed

Sanger

Address

Suite 103, 2514 Jensen Avenue
Sanger, California 93657

Contact Information

Phone: 559-875-2000

Find our Sanger office at Suite 103, 2514 Jensen Avenue, on the corner of Jensen and Bethel (same corner as Panda Express).

 

Hours of Operations

Monday
8 AM5 PM
Tuesday
8 AM5 PM
Wednesday
8 AM5 PM
Thursday
8 AM5 PM
Friday
Closed
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed

Address

6767 North Fresno Street
Fresno, California 93710

Contact Information

Phone: 559-432-1000

Find our Fresno office at 6767 North Fresno Street on the Southwest corner of Fresno and Herndon off the 41.

Hours of Operations

Monday
8 AM5 PM
Tuesday
8 AM5 PM
Wednesday
8 AM5 PM
Thursday
8 AM5 PM
Friday
8 AM5 PM
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed

Address

1011 West Yosemite Avenue
Madera, California 93637

Contact Information

Phone: 559-673-6000

Find our Madera office at 1011 West Yosemite Avenue on the corner of Yosemite and P Street.

 

Hours of Operations

Monday
8 AM5 PM
Tuesday
8 AM5 PM
Wednesday
8 AM5 PM
Thursday
8 AM5 PM
Friday
8 AM5 PM
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed

Address

Suite 103, 2514 Jensen Avenue
Sanger, California 93657

Contact Information

Phone: 559-875-2000

Find our Sanger office at Suite 103, 2514 Jensen Avenue, on the corner of Jensen and Bethel (same corner as Panda Express).

 

Hours of Operations

Monday
8 AM5 PM
Tuesday
8 AM5 PM
Wednesday
8 AM5 PM
Thursday
8 AM5 PM
Friday
Closed
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed

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