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Chalazion and Eyelash Loss

by
author image Anthony E. Fox, O.D., M.S.
Dr. Fox completed his Bachelor of Biological Sciences at Ohio University in 2000, and earned both his Master of Science and Doctorate of Optometry at The Ohio State University in 2004. He actively participates as a clinical trials investigator and he has presented his individual research at the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO). He has been a consultant for organizations such as Adena Health System and Inventiv Health. Dr. Fox currently is in private practice as a primary care optometrist in central Ohio, although he spent three years practicing and traveling extensively throughout Alaska. Dr. Fox has been a freelance writer for over ten years, and his work has been published by several media outlets including eHow, LIVESTRONG.COM, and The Times Gazette. More information and publications can be viewed at www.foxfreelancewriting.com.
Chalazion and Eyelash Loss
Close-up of a man's eye and eyelashes. Photo Credit John Foxx/Stockbyte/Getty Images

Overview

Chalazion is the term for a lump, or raised area, on the eyelid, that occurs due to a blocked meibomian, or eyelid gland. A hordeolum, or stye, is the name given during the initial or acute phase of the possibly infected gland, whereas a chalazion is the residual chronic bump or lump that follows.

Treatment

Seek medical attention from an eye doctor if you are experiencing eye trouble. At home, the most important thing you can do is attempt to express the blocked gland. Close your eyes and massage a warm washcloth over the blocked gland. Over-the-counter products typically are not necessary, but it is important to clean the area of the gland openings on your eyelid margin. When used in conjunction with the warm washcloth massage, over-the-counter eyelid cleansing foams and pads made by companies such as Ocusoft and Theratears can assist you in maintaining your eyelid hygiene regimen.

Your eye doctor may think that an infection is present during the acute phase of your condition. Depending on the severity, he may prescribe medication to treat your condition.

If a chalazion is left after the acute phase, then surgical removal can be performed, if desired. If the issue is a simple hordeolum, it is important to use hot compresses during the acute phase to adequately drain as much of the blockage as possible. This reduces the risk of a chalazion developing afterwards.

Eyelash Loss

Eyelash loss is not necessarily a common issue with a chalazion, but you should still see an eye doctor as soon as an eye issue arises because early intervention typically yields the best result. Performing daily warm washcloth massages of the eyelid margins will significantly decrease the likelihood of developing blocked glands or will resolve them more quickly if they appear. If you have maintained a proper eyelid hygiene regimen, sought treatment from an eye doctor or had surgical intervention, and still suffer from eyelash loss, then the only treatment available for eyelash growth is a prescription medication called Latisse. As with all medication, results and side effects vary and the use of Latisse must be monitored by an eye care physician. Side effects include skin darkening, iris darkening or discoloration, and rash. Irregular eyelash growth and various other ocular issues can also occur with Latisse. Eyelash makeup application can often mask or improve your eyelash loss as well.

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