Stye vs. Chalazion

stye vs chalazion

Lumps and bumps on the eyelids can cause discomfort and embarrassment. It is possible to remove these with the help from Vision Care Specialists. Let’s look at two of the most common conditions.

Stye

An eyelid stye is a small, painful lump that can occur on the inside or outside of the upper or lower eyelids. It may arise suddenly at any age. Most people will experience at least a few in their lifetime.

Symptoms

A stye is a red and tender lump that typically appears on one eyelid at a time.

Causes

A stye is almost always caused by Staphylococcus bacteria.

Treatment & Recovery

Treatment is appropriate as the stye is usually uncomfortable. Like many pustules, a stye can be safely treated with hot compresses, gentle massage and twice daily cleansing and may take nearly a week to resolve.

Chalazions

A chalazion can be mistaken for a stye because it appears in a similar place – usually the middle of the eyelid.

Symptoms

A chalazion presents as a smooth, round bump, typically in the upper eyelid but without the redness, tenderness and pustule appearance of a stye.

Causes

Unlike styes, a chalazion is caused by the blockage of tiny glands in the eyelid. These glands produce the oily outer layer of the tears. As the immune system responds to the blockage, a chalazion develops.

Treatment & Recovery

Like a stye, chalazion treatment includes hot compresses and gentle massage. A chalazion can take weeks to resolve. More aggressive treatment may be appropriate to seek at Vision Care Specialists. Injection of a steroid into the chalazion may help decrease the inflammation and speed its resolution. The chalazion can also be treated surgically by incision and drainage.