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    So I went to the eye doctor today. For about 2 days I noticed this lump on the inside of my eyelid and at first I thought a pea or something got stuck up under my eyelid. However, upon trying to shake the thing out, I realized that there wasn't anything in the space between my eye and my eyelid.

    I headed off to the opthamologist to get my eye checked. I was prepared for the worst, eye cancer, tumor, cyst, or stye. In fact I had even done a little pre-search over at web MD to see if any symptoms matched my pea sized spherical object on the eye or eyelid.. nothing came up.

    At the eye doctor, we waited all of 5 minutes. I went in and did an eye examination where they took pictures. I then waited another 5 minutes and finally got to see the doctor. He took me into a dark room (and then started rubbing me... wait that's another story)... where he did several more tests. He made me look up and left, right and down and every which way.

    Eventually he started using some tools to hold my eyelids open and using some lighting to check my eyes.

    This all took about 10 minutes and at the end of the exam, he told me in English, "You have a chalazion." I said, "I have a what....????" And then he tried to explain it but he said it was hard to explain.

    I had no idea what he was talking about. I had never heard the word Chalazion (sounds Italian to me) and after getting home and doing some google hunting I found out what it is.

    Basically a Chalazion is caused by a "sweat gland" in the eye lid that gets clogged up somehow and causes a lump of material to form in the eyelid. It has nothing to do with bacteria, infection or any of that. It's simply a glandular inflammation.

    The doc sent me home with some antibiotic drops and some anti-inflammatory solution to try to cure this problem. He told me to use a warm compress several times a day and to massage the area but not try to pop my little pea sized eye zit.

    I was worried before going but now I am relieved. However he did warn me that if it doesn't reduce the size in a couple of weeks, or if it gets bigger I may have to have surgery to remove it. So I am still a bit worried about this but hopefully it will work out.

    The reason I post this is to see if any of you have ever heard of this... I never had until today so it's something new for me... and is kind of interesting.



    An graphic above.

    Reality below (mine looks nothing like this, in fact you cannot even tell I have a problem):



    View: Chalazion Information

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    wow! looks painful

    i'm sure you'll be fine but it must bug like a bugger
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    I have had those before.We always called them stys in my family.Same remedy,from my doctor,warm towel to draw out the puss.Try this also BB,don't ask me how but it works.Clean your hands,and take your index finger and thumb and pull on the upper then lower eyelashes.You will notice that some eyelashes in the area of the sty will come out easily.After you do this then use a warm cloth (face cloth) to draw the puss and clean the area.Clean the cloth frequently.I've had some doozies and they get pretty uncomfortable and sore.
    The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

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    I thought it was a stye too Zipp. BUt a chalazion is different from a stye in two ways:

    One a stye is usually in the area of the eye lash and is due to an infection in that eye lash pore. Once you remove the eye lash and clean the area it heals.

    This is what I thought was wrong.. but a chalazion is different for a second reason.

    It's inside the eyelid, and actually is an infection of the gland in the eyelid. It's like your eyelid has sweat glands inside and when these become clogged, then you wind up with a BB or pea sized ball inside your eyelid.

    I never heard of a chalazion until that doctor told me about it. I even asked him if it was a style or a cyst and he said no. Last night my wife helped me with the medicinal drops that he gave me. I have a habit of closing my eyelid no matter what. So I had to hold it open while she put the drops in.

    We'll see how it goes.. I hope I don't have to get surgery to remove this annoyance.

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    When I was in High School I got a lot of those. I was operated on about 5-7 times I think! Sometimes the hot compress will work, sometimes it won't. The procedure is nothing to be scared of, it's more of an irritant more than anything else.

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    wow, never heard of that, but as an avid contact lense wearer for 20 years this is good information to know. Thanks for the posting, hope you get well soon. I will say a prayer for you.
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    Hmmmmmm.........looks like an irritation from viewing too much porn..... ...jk dood....

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    Quote Originally Posted by PIPER View Post
    Hmmmmmm.........looks like an irritation from viewing too much porn..... ...jk dood....
    My wife thought it was from using the computer monitor too much and reading (I read quite a bit)... but it doesn't seem to be caused by anything in particular.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Booger View Post
    My wife thought it was from using the computer monitor too much and reading (I read quite a bit)... but it doesn't seem to be caused by anything in particular.
    Yup, cause is unknown.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PIPER View Post
    Hmmmmmm.........looks like an irritation from viewing too much porn..... ...jk dood....


    eeewww...like eyelid warts?

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    Wow, BB, it is a bit amazing... I hope it clears right up for you!

    I've got something wrong with my eye too, nothing like a Chalazione, but BionicBlond might help, i had contact lenses for the first time for 6mths (monthly packs) and then got some sort of infection with white mucus... doc said it was hypersensitivity to allergies, but with ointment, its still not fixed.

    I tell you tho, you shouldnt mess around with your eyes. Go to the Docs asap and get medicine!

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    Well I was giving two small droppers and told to apply them 4 times per day. I only did it 3 yesterday so I will have to be more vigilant. I hope it clears up.

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    Wink chalazion

    Hi

    never used this before and did a search on "lump in my eye" and found your info, i havnt been able to see a doctor yet as waiting list are endless waiting. but i guess after reading i should go. i was a bit worried myself what this lump in my eye was. but it was so swollen after i wore my contacts lens, sometimes i leave them in too long. but also i use the pc quite a lot also and well i think this is what probably cuased the infection. or as you call it "chalazion ". just wanted to say thanks for the info. hope your eyes are better. x

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