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You should call your ophthalmologist (a medical doctor who specializes in eye care and surgery) for an appointment if eyelid redness or swelling does not improve with warm towel compresses in 3-4 days.

You should contact your ophthalmologist immediately if you have frequent bouts of eyelid swelling or if you experience any of the following:

  • Fever
  • Headaches
  • Any visual changes (eg, blurred vision, decreased ability to see)
  • Eye pain or drainage
  • Extensive swelling or redness
  • If both the upper eyelid and the lower eyelid of one eye are swollen
  • If both eyes are swollen

Seek medical assistance at a hospital's emergency department if you have any of the above symptoms and cannot reach your ophthalmologist.

Self-Care at Home

Warm compresses may be helpful. Hold a warm, wet towel on the eyelid for 10-15 minutes, 2-4 times a day, to reduce swelling.

Lightly massage the area several times a day.
Do not "pop" or scratch the chalazion.


Typically, a chalazion goes away within a couple of weeks. If so, no long-term consequences occur. If the chalazion lasts for weeks or comes back, then your ophthalmologist evaluates whether the lump should be removed surgically. The lump is rarely associated with an infection or a form of skin Cancer .


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