Chalazion

Our eyelids, like the rest of our body, have little glands, called the meibomian glands. These glands can become blocked or clogged from narrowing of the opening or hardening of the sebaceous liquid. If this occurs, the glands may build up of the material it secretes and it will swell. This leads to thickening of the walls of the gland and leakage of oil into the lid itself, causing inflammation both within the gland and the eyelid. This inflamed enlargement is called chalazion which can appear either on upper or lower eyelid. If the obstructed gland has bacteria within it, the gland may become infected. This is called a hordeolum, which does resemble a pimple. A hordeolum may be tender to touch. A chalazion is not an infection but may follow or precede a hordeolum. A hordeolum is often referred to as a stye.
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