Monday, October 25, 2004


Chalazion or bumps on eyelids may also be a problem with ocular rosacea. Chalazion is an inflammation of a gland in the upper or lower lid of the eyes. Often the affected area can become swollen, painful and inflamed until a cyst forms. There may be blurring of vision caused by pressure from the cyst distorting the eye.

In some cases, it may settle with conservative treatment, which involves hot compresses and antibiotic ointment applied to the affected area.

In persistent cases the chalazion is cut and drained under local anaesthetic, followed by the use of an antibiotic ointment for one week.

Recurrent episodes of chalazion are frequently associated with chronic infection of the lid. The infected area should be treated with antibiotic ointment daily for a month or more and cleaning of the eyelid with a cotton bud dipped in warm after and a little baby shampoo.