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