He's 6 years old and in the last 48 hours has developed a bump on the lower eyelid near the inner corner. It has become very red and large in just 48 hours. I thought at first it was a sty and could clearly see a 'head' forming in the middle of the swollen area. A pharmacist advised me to take him to a doctor asap because she thought it was a blocked tear duct so I took him to a urgent care across the street. First thing the doctor said when he walked into the room was... "ahhh a sty", till he took a closer look. Then he said it appeared to be a obstruction of his nasal tear duct and needed to see a eye doctor immediately and that there is a pretty good chance he'll need a surgical procedure done. So of course, I began searching the web for more info about this but everything I come across basically says this is a problem generally seen in infants-1year. My son is 6 and has never had any eye problems. If anyone has any knowledge of this and/or advice, please share. Im freaking out... just a LITTLE bit. :)
This could be a pink eye. Conjunctivitis (also called pink eye or madras eye) is inflammation of the conjunctiva (the outermost layer of the eye and the inner surface of the eyelids). It is most commonly due to an infection (usually viral, but sometimes bacterial) or an allergic reaction.
Sounds like a chalazion to me but it is hard to say for sure without seeing it. Most chalazia can be treated with hot packs. Take a clean laundered wash cloth and soak it is very warm water and squeeze out the water. Apply the pack to the eye for 15 minutes or so 4 times a day. This should help it to drain. If it doesnt drain, it may need to be lanced. Take him to an ophthalmologist (an eye Dr who is an MD). Chalazion is a cyst in the eyelid that is caused by inflammation of a blocked meibomian gland, usually on the upper eyelid but can also be seen on the lower. Chalazia differ from styes (hordeola) in that they are subacute and usually painless nodules. Is his eye sore or painless? Your best course of action is to take him to an ophthalmologist.
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