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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. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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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 wont do surgery because its small its over a year old so compresses wont 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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Isnt it about time you can visit the opticians without ophthalmologist first?

Isnt 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 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