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Does a hordeolum look like chalazion?
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Dr. Jeffrey Gold
Ophthalmology
3 doctors agree
In brief: Yes, but less intens
There are several different glands associated with the the eyelashes.
Any of these glands can become inflamed and appear as a red, tender or painful swelling at the edge of the eyelid or hordeolum. The meibomian glands produce oil that forms the outer most layer of the tear film to prevent evaporation. Complete blockage of a meibomian gland is a chalazion (stye), large, swollen and painful.

In brief: Yes, but less intens
There are several different glands associated with the the eyelashes.
Any of these glands can become inflamed and appear as a red, tender or painful swelling at the edge of the eyelid or hordeolum. The meibomian glands produce oil that forms the outer most layer of the tear film to prevent evaporation. Complete blockage of a meibomian gland is a chalazion (stye), large, swollen and painful.
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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology
3 doctors agree
In brief: No
A hordeolum is the active infection that commonly precedes a chalazion.
A hordeolum causes redness, mild pain and sometimes pus exudation. A chalazion is the consequence of the body putting a wall around an active hordeolum, thus isolating it from the body. It is a benign, firm nodule without surrounding redness or pain. For either of these, see your ophthalmologist for the best care.

In brief: No
A hordeolum is the active infection that commonly precedes a chalazion.
A hordeolum causes redness, mild pain and sometimes pus exudation. A chalazion is the consequence of the body putting a wall around an active hordeolum, thus isolating it from the body. It is a benign, firm nodule without surrounding redness or pain. For either of these, see your ophthalmologist for the best care.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Dr. Michael Ham
Ophthalmology
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In brief: Somewhat
An hordeoulm is the acute clogging of an oil gland in the eyelid margin (mebomian gland), it is not an infection.
It is usually red, sore, and swollen. A chalazion is the chronic form of a hordeoulm, but the tissue becomes granulated, and is not red, painful, and inflamed, but there is still a nodule or bump.

In brief: Somewhat
An hordeoulm is the acute clogging of an oil gland in the eyelid margin (mebomian gland), it is not an infection.
It is usually red, sore, and swollen. A chalazion is the chronic form of a hordeoulm, but the tissue becomes granulated, and is not red, painful, and inflamed, but there is still a nodule or bump.
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Dr. William Becker
Ophthalmology
In brief: Kind of
Hordoleums are usually tender, red, and respond well to hot packs.
Chalazions are lumps that are chronic inflammation. They usually don't hurt.

In brief: Kind of
Hordoleums are usually tender, red, and respond well to hot packs.
Chalazions are lumps that are chronic inflammation. They usually don't hurt.
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