- A chalazion, also known as a meibomian gland lipogranuloma,
is a cyst in the eyelid that is caused by inflammation
of a blocked meibomian gland, usually on the upper eyelid.
Chalazia differ from styes (hordeola) in that they are
subacute and usually painless nodules. They may become
acutely inflamed but, unlike a stye, chalazia usually
point inside the lid rather than on the lid margin.
- A granulomatous enlargement of a meibomian gland from
a blockage (occlusion) within it's duct causing inflammation
of the gland and surrounding tissues. Beginning stages
Chalazion may not be distinguishable from a Stye. Symptoms
include lid edema, swelling and irritation which resolves
leaving a painless slowly growing mass in the eye lid.
In TCM a Chalazion relates to damp heat in the spleen
and stomach with phlegm blocking the meridians and collaterals.
- Swelling on the eyelid
- Eyelid tenderness
- Sensitivity to light
- Increased tearing