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How long do you let a chalazion go before you visit an ophthalmologist?

How long do you let a chalazion go before you visit an ophthalmologist?

3-4 weeks: We usually recommend 3-4 weeks of waiting and conservative treatment with warm compresses. Most will resolve without need for intervention. ...Read more

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Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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Chalazion (Definition)

A blocked oil gland where the lashes meet the skin. The oil gets made but cannot get out, so it becomes trapped and stagnant and can get infected. Use warm compresses and see eye doctor as may ...Read more


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I have multiple styes or chalazions I'm not sure which, should I see an ophthalmologist or optometrist?

I have multiple styes or chalazions I'm not sure which, should I see an ophthalmologist or optometrist?

Ophthalmologist: Would be best in case you need to have one biopsied or taken off - they can also prescribe the right meds to help your condition. ...Read more

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Visited ophthalmologist and said I have a chalazion but he won't do surgery because its small its over a year old so compresses won't help what can I do?

Visited ophthalmologist and said I have a chalazion but he won't do surgery because its small its over a year old so compresses won't help what can I do?

Not to worry: Chalazia are benign cystic lesions in the lids representing the end stage of the battle your body made with a stye. Once formed, the only issue is the appearance. I am guessing that yours is so small that it can only be felt and cannot be seen. It will cause no problems so unless you are frankly obsessed with its presence, you should follow the advice of your ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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First visit to a neuro-ophthalmologist, what to expect?

First visit to a neuro-ophthalmologist, what to expect?

A few new things: You were probably referred by an ophthalmologist for some condition in which the nervous system and eyes interact. Many of the tests are the same but the emphasis will be more on how the eyes are having difficulty due to nervous system problems. You probably will think the exams are similar but the interpretation will be more in depth in the direction of the brain and nerves. ...Read more

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Isn't it about time you can visit the opticians without ophthalmologist first?

Isn't it about time you can visit the opticians without ophthalmologist first?

Depends: If I want a good house, I go to an architect who studied design & material use & can incorporate it in a workable design. Although a carpenter might put up a great house on their own, I would not expect it to be of equal quality. The analogy is simple, optometrists & ophthalmologists study design & materials while opticians translate the designs/rx into proper frames & fit. ...Read more

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How long willit take a chalazion to go?

How long willit take a chalazion to go?

1-2 weeks: With conservative care, a chalazion will take 1-2 weeks to resolve--this includes warm soaks 4 times a day. If it does not resolve in that time frame, you will need to see an eye specialist for possible drainage. ...Read more

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How long do I wait for a chalazion to go away? I'm using prescribed gentamicin sulfate opthalmic solution, and have been doing so for about five days

How long do I wait for a chalazion to go away? I'm using prescribed gentamicin sulfate opthalmic solution, and have been doing so for about five days

That won't work: Gentamicin is an antibiotic. A chalazion is a blocked gland and not an infection. The treatment is warm compresses as often as possible and if that doesn't work (it almost always does) surgery. ...Read more

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How long should I wait to have chalazion to be incised?

At least weeks: Chalazia will often resolve with warm compresses. It it does not after 6 weeks to 3 months, surgical intervention is appropriate. Some practitioners will recommend surgery sooner, or later. ...Read more

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How long is the recovery period after chalazion surgery?

A few weeks: After incision and drainage, the eyelid can still be swollen and bruised for up to a few weeks. Your doctor may have prescribed an antibiotic/steroid ointment to be used for the first week to help with this. Even when fully healed, sometimes a small residual lump may remain. ...Read more

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How long should a lump remain after a chalazion removed?

How long should a lump remain after a chalazion removed?

Depends: On how large it was, how scarred it is and how much it was broken up by the chalazion removal. Give it months to heal. ...Read more

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About how long will it take for a chalazion scab to fade?

1-2 weeks: When a chalazion erupts through the eyelid skin, it will usually heal in one to two weeks. If you have recurrent chalazia (the plural of chalazion), see an ophthalmologist for management. ...Read more

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How long ooes it normally take for a chalazion to heal?

How long ooes it normally take for a chalazion to heal?

Months: If left untreated most chalazions take months to heal. With warm compresses and antibiotics early on this can be shortened to several weeks. ...Read more

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How long to heal after chalazion surgery?

Usually a week or so: Depending on how the surgery is done, and how bad the chalazion, it usually takes a week or so to heal. I usually drain chalazia from the inside surface of the lid after injecting local anesthetic. After the material is drained, there is residual inflammation of the lid that can take a week or so to resolve. I usually use ice and an anti-inflammatory ointment post op to speed the process. ...Read more

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How long after chalazion removal before wear contacts?

How long after chalazion removal before wear contacts?

When healed: I would wait until eyelid tenderness ; swelling has resolved. Also, be sure no eye redness before restarting cl wear. ...Read more

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How long after chalazion surgery does it take to be ok?

How long after chalazion surgery does it take to be ok?

Quickly: Chalazion surgery is almost always done from inside an anesthetized and inverted lid. So there is no surface scarring, no sutures and rarely is there ever pain. Healing is rapid, in most cases 2-4 days. ...Read more

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Having chalazion removal surgery - how long does that take?

Below 15 minutes: This is done by numbing the lid, turning it inside out on a special clamp, and opening and cleaning out the collected contents of the cyst. Except for the injection to numb the lid, the whole process is painless and healing is rapid. It takes less than 15 minutes as an office procedure in all cases except the occasional child that may require general anesthesia. ...Read more

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If I have my chalazion removed, how long will the healing take?

Varies: Usually a few days once the infection and drainage/removal has been completed. Follow your eye doctor's advice, and followup if not better within 5 days. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sty (Hordeolum) (Definition)

A red, painful lump near the edge of the eyelid that may look like a boil or pimple. ...Read more