Surgical and non-surgical alternatives for chalazia/styes

Chalazia, or styes, are very common pimples of the eyelid. They originate from blocked oil glands, and can occur in many different locations, shapes and sizes. Traditionally, treatment involves opening them and scooping out abnormal tissue, or paring them flat with the surrounding eyelid. However, at Ophthalmology Associates, we have had a great deal of success with intralesional injections of medication to shrink the chalazion, so that surgery is rarely necessary. In addition, maintenance therapies such as antibiotics, omega-3 and 6 fatty acids, lid hygiene, and hot compresses can help prevent recurrences.