When a lump around one’s eye or eyelid (the very edge of your eye by the eyelashes) develops, this could be either a chalazion or a stye. These eye conditions carry similar symptoms, such as:
- Vision Distortion
- Tenderness around the eye
However, treating a chalazion or stye are quite different.
A chalazion develops due to a blockage in your tear glands or meibomian glands. Instead of secreting the oils from your eyes to help your tear production, these oils get trapped inside the glands. Over time, oils can build up and cause swelling, discomfort, and create a chronic inflammation. Although a chalazion may go away on its own, visiting our Oxnard optometrist for an eye exam can help determine the cause for the chalazion and guide you on how to treat the condition and preventative measures.
A stye, however, is an inflammatory infection caused of an eyelash follicle. Therefore, a red, sore lump would appear at the edge of the lid, and this can have immediate symptoms due to the close proximity & sensitivity. Some options to treat a stye include warm washcloths, warm compresses, cleaning the eye with mild soap and water, and general hygiene. However, for optimal treatment, visiting an Oxnard eye doctor will guarantee the fastest results and address the causes behind the stye.