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Eyelid Chalazion Removal
What do I need to know about eyelid chalazion removal?
Eyelid chalazion removal is a procedure to remove a lump on your eyelid. The lump is caused by inflammation or blockage in the oil gland.
How do I prepare for the procedure?
Your healthcare provider will talk to you about how to prepare for this procedure. He may tell you not to eat or drink anything after midnight on the day of your procedure. He will tell you what medicines to take or not take on the day of your procedure.
What will happen during the procedure?
Your surgeon will apply local anesthesia on your eyelid. Local anesthesia is a shot of medicine used to numb the area and dull the pain. You may still feel pressure or pushing during procedure. Your surgeon will apply a clamp around the lump on the inside of your eyelid. He will then make an incision and clean out the lump. He will remove the clamp and close the incision. Your surgeon will cover your eye with a patch to control bleeding and swelling.
What are the risks of the procedure?
You may bleed more than expected. You may lose eyelashes in the area where the procedure was done. Your eyelid may droop, or you may have scars on your eyelid.
Contact your healthcare provider if:
- You have signs of infection such as increased redness, swelling, and pain.
- Blood soaks through your eye patch.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
- Medicine in the form of eye drops or ointment may be given to prevent a bacterial infection.
- Take your medicine as directed. Contact your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him or her if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.
Apply a warm compress:
After you have removed your eye patch, wet a washcloth with warm water and place it on your eye. This will help decrease swelling and pain. You may need to apply the compress for 10 to 15 minutes 2 to 4 times each day, or as directed.
Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:
Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
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