Stye and Chalazion
A stye and a chalazion is very similar in its appearance and usually appears as a red, swollen bump near to the edge of the eyelid. A stye (or hordeolum) occurs nearer to the edge of the eyelid and is often caused by an infected eyelash follicle. In contrast, a chalazion is usually farther from the edge of the lid and is due to the enlargement of an oil producing gland in the eyelid known as a meibomian gland. Whereas a stye may be painful, a chalazion is usually painless. Both may occur more commonly if you have underlying blepharitis or eyelid margin disease.
While styes and chalazion are often treated with conservative measures such as warm compresses and eyelid washing, you should see an eye doctor if you have developed such a swelling as it may require antibiotic ointments, steroid injections, or surgical removal.
If you have developed a lump or bump on your eyelid, contact the eye care professionals at Gulfcoast Eye Care today to schedule a consultation.