Chalazion (Lump in Eyelid)


Did your chalazion cause any pain? Submit Your Comment

Comment from: Ohpain, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: November 08

I started noticing a small bump on my eye last Friday, thought it might be a pimple, so I gave it a little squeeze. It grew larger and turned red and became so painful, even when coughing too hard or lying in a certain position. So I contacted this chalazion tor yesterday, and had the procedure the same day. He cut and drained it from the outside, and I had a bandage on all day until this morning. I took the bandage off, and it’s a big red hole filled with yellow pus. I wonder if that is normal.

Comment from: Funky eye , 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 22

I had a chalazion for 4 months. My vision started getting blurry, so I requested to have it removed after two rounds of antibiotics, flax seed oil and many hot compresses. I had my procedure 4 days ago. The surgery is not pleasant and my eye looks terrible! Every morning since surgery, it’s been crusted shut. The doctor says it’s not infected but it oozes all day. I hope it heals.

Comment from: Camille , 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 26

My chalazion nor the chalazion surgery caused much pain. It was a really fast procedure that was almost painless. The doctor informed me there would be some swelling and I was ok, but I didn't realize that my eye would be swollen shut. I see all these other people blogging about their journey through this process but no one says their eye swelled up like mine has. I got the surgery last Wednesday, today is Saturday, and I still can't open it without some force. Again there's no pain, it is just swollen.

Comment from: Chalpatient, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 28

I had a chalazion surgery yesterday and despite what people say, I didn’t feel any pain, even the injection. The doctor did the injection very slow which is why he thinks I felt no pain. After that everything is numb so you feel nothing. After everything wore off, about 2 hours later, I had some pain. A lot of swelling the next day and drainage in the eye but no pain.

Comment from: JaKirst, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: October 20

I had a very large chalazion (which took up a big portion of my lower eyelid) and it did cause me quite a lot of discomfort, blurred vision, etc., especially when I bathed it in hottish water and massaged. I had to have surgery (my pain tolerance is horribly low) but I found it to be quite comfortable. Numbing drops are put into your eye and then a small, sharp scratch with injecting anesthetic. I didn’t feel the incision, afterwards it’s a bit sore but sorted with some paracetamol.

Comment from: Meesha, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 09

I had the chalazion surgery 3 hours ago. It was horrible. I am in quite a bit of discomfort. I was not told anything when I left the office. The eye is swollen shut and completely blood shot. I am sorry I had it done.

Comment from: mariella, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: June 16

I had my chalazion surgery last week. The surgery lasted for about 20 minutes and it only took a couple of days to heal. It's not painful as well.

Comment from: MissF, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 15

My chalazion was very painful. It was on my inner upper eyelid and it hurt to blink or move my eye. Everything online saying it was painless made me feel like I had something else. After 3 days of compress and antibiotic drops, it was getting worse so I went in to get it removed. The needle for the numbing solution hurt. Two hours after the procedure the pain was awful. The doctor gave me nothing for the pain and no after care instructions. Managed with Advil which was sufficient after day 2.

Comment from: Marissa , 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: December 02

I had 8 chalazions removed yesterday in a one day operation. It hurt so bad but there was no other way to remove it, my chalazions were so big that even after their removal there is still a bump on my eyelids. I’m not so sure of what the cause was, maybe my mascara or contact lens. I had 4 on both eyes, upper lids and also lower lid. Hoping for my eyelids to go back like how it normally is.

Comment from: Dee Part 1, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 22

Everybody’s pain tolerance is different but for me, yes! It’s November 21, 2019 and I had the procedure done in the eye doctor’s office yesterday after the chalazion being on my eye since November 1. The shot in the eye lid pinched a lot but then it got numb fast so that was good. I didn’t feel the procedure but hearing the clamp and then hearing him do little snippets on my eye lid had me feeling lightheaded. When it was all done the right side of my entire face hurt. For 2 hours straight I was in a lot of pain. Today I’m experiencing blurriness in my eye when I blink and mucus in the corner of my eye.


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Comment from: Cim, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 18

Absolutely! I was very uncomfortable for several days with the chalazion. My eyelid was red and swollen and my eye was very red and irritated. I couldn’t believe all the internet sites said there is no pain with chalazion.

Comment from: HBR, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 21

After three months with a chalazion I had an operation. It wasn't east but wasn't horrendous. However it seemed unsuccessful. I still have the same hard bump, no different in size, only now I also have the swelling and bruising from the surgery. Also, pain when blinking, like something is in my eye. I am wondering if this is the stitches or scab from the cut inside. Not sure what to think since nothing I've read says anything about pain when blinking afterwards.

Comment from: Cathy W, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 25

I had 4 chalazions for months. I went to 3 doctors that just told me to take antibiotics. Long story short, I needed to have all 4 of them surgically removed. Not painful? Are you kidding me! Horrific. Now 3 weeks post-surgery there are two new ones. I can’t go through this again. Why are they back! The doctor put me on antibiotics and it is not helping.

Comment from: Chalazion surgery , 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: June 19

I had a chalazion a few years ago which was removed surgically, but still after 4 years I feel pain in my eye. Even the slightest touch or poke makes my eye swell; particularly when I see daylight, and while driving at night time. I am looking for some remedies, it’s hurting me a lot.

Comment from: rukhsar, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: April 15

My chalazion removal was extremely painful. I literally felt everything my doctor was doing. I got five injections in my cyst then it had to be drained and stitched up. Really painful!

Comment from: Lisa, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 09

I got my first stye in my left eye (inside corner). It started burning and was painful. The chalazion finally popped after 5 days and then the little white bump stayed around for 2 months. Within that two months I got another stye in the right upper eye. Within 3 days it changed to a hard red lump which got larger and very noticeable. I have been using warm compresses 3 times a day, bacterial ointment, taking Advil and using Ocusoft Hypochlor spray morning and night for cleaning. Not sure if I should have it removed.

Comment from: Rukhsar, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: February 04

I had a chalazion a few years ago which was removed surgically, but still after 4 years I feel pain in my eye and even the slightest touch or poke makes my eye swell. Particularly whenever I apply eye makeup, the swelling rarely goes.

Comment from: Charlii, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 15

Ugh! I had a chalazion for 2 months almost. Finally managed to get it surgically removed but it left a bump in my eyelid. I went from having a gigantic chalazion to having what looks like a small chalazion. Also, I wonder if my eyelid will ever go back to normal. It's very noticeable and I cannot imagine going back for surgery. It is very uncomfortable! I don't know how some people here say it was quick and painless. It was quick alright, but definitely not painless.

Comment from: inner stye, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: April 06

I've had a stye in the inner, lower eyelid for two weeks now. We bought OTC stye ointment but it hasn't helped. Two chalazions are next to each other in their own pockets. It is very painful, hard and presses on my eyeball causing headaches and feelings of sharp glass and blurred vision. I am going to the eye doctor tomorrow and hopefully get it removed. Will post again after appointment.

Comment from: soar eye, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 19

I had a large lump on the outside of my eye lower lid and it was treated with oral antibiotics and cream and drops. I had it surgically removed only to have it return within 5 days. It was removed again and 4 days later both eyes had. The new eye chalazion has the whole under eye blocked and very sore. I saw the ophthalmologist again so I am on more antibiotics and both eyes will have surgery. I must stay on treatment for 6 weeks and also he told me to take flax seed every day. The new chalazion is very painful and keeps bursting. I am having warm water washes and doing everything, but not having much luck.


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Comment from: Tanya, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: July 20

I had done my surgery for chalazions on both eyes yesterday. But I still feel a big bump on both eyes. I am worried if it will not heal. Hope this bump will go away. I wonder how long it will take.

Comment from: Patient , 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: December 04

I have a big massive lump on the inner corner of my eye. This August I got the chalazion removed although when I took the bandage off, my eye seemed swollen so I couldn’t tell. Until then I thought it had gone but it was not gone! I was so upset, my eyes are such an insecurity. I waited over a year for that surgery especially being an outpatient and having to wait five hours when all it took was 10 minutes. I’ve tried everything, my eye is constantly red and bulging.

Comment from: Amarie, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: November 21

I have a lump under each of my eyes. It first started as a stye under my right eye. The stye went down and turned into a small chalazion. A couple of weeks later I noticed a chalazion had started under my right eye. The one on my left was getting smaller and the right one bigger. It’s been about four months now and now both lumps are about the same size. They are now very noticeable and am going to the doctor to get them checked. I hope the doctor can help me get rid of the lumps. Not a good feeling.

Comment from: Zerin , 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: May 29

I keep having chalazions. First it is a stye and then it turns into a chalazion. I had surgery more than 3 times. But this is still happening. No luck for sure.

Comment from: Abdullah , 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: May 21

I had my chalazion removed by surgery, unfortunately after 6 months it is coming back. If I smell any chemicals or air fresheners it hurts me. I don't know what to do.

Comment from: Beachlover, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 21

I have two chalazions, one in the upper lid and one in the bottom. I had surgery to remove them and they came back and started to grow a few days after surgery. I don't think they ever went away completely. It's been 6 months that I have them. After the surgery the bump grew more in the back than near the lid, so it is less noticeable. Not sure what to do to get rid of it.

Comment from: Selena, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: November 20

I had a chalazion removed from my upper eye lid. I hate needles so that was difficult. The drops also burnt my eyes. I didn't realize they were so sensitive. I could feel the clamp being tightened on my lid so needed more anesthetic. The clamp still hurt. I found the worst bit when eye lid is clamped back. Felt like it was being ripped or pulled far out. I couldn't feel the cut to the chalazion but the cleaning out with the sharp tool was uncomfortable. I hated it but it was quick, like 10 minutes.

Comment from: Working gal in MA, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 13

I had it on inside lower lid, a nurse at my work said it was most likely a Chalazion, I thought it was a sty. I did have pain the first week and it blew up to a noticeable lump with a white puss looking dot in the middle. It has gone way down with a small white dot and is not really painful anymore. This is the end of week 2. Because I didn't look into what this was right away I have not been using the warm towel treatment, will start tonight. I thought my contact and makeup was prolonging the healing.

Comment from: NoMore, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 05

I have had what I thought to be recurring sty's in my right eye that have been treated with antibiotic drops and oral antibiotics only to keep coming back for the last couple of years. Saw an ophthalmologist and was told it was a chalazion and needed to be surgically removed. Had it done yesterday shots in eye were uncomfortable but tolerable. Having a bit of swelling and bruising today so stayed home from work. Hope it doesn't come back.

Comment from: dino, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: September 22

I have had a small lump on the upper eyelid near the eyelashes for about 6 weeks. No pain just occasional discomfort and feeling that vision is a bit blurred. Diagnosed today by GP as a chalazion. Since it has not got worse and may disappear itself advice to me is waiting and seeing if it becomes a problem operation under local anesthetic was suggested.

Comment from: JasonDF, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: June 19

I was curious if anyone else had a small hard bump (or thickening of the skin) and redness in the area after chalazion surgery. I am wondering it will ever go away.

Comment from: Nick, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: October 01

It is day 2 and I visited an urgent care. The doctor was not sure if it is a chalazion yet but she instructed me to use a cold compress. However everything I read online says use a warm compress to help the oil from the glands become thinner and drain quicker. I'm afraid a cold compress will slow this process.

Comment from: Cd2181, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 27

I had a chalazion surgery but still have a bump there. The doctor says it’s the sac and will resolve on its own. I wonder if that is true and how long it takes.

Comment from: Trisha , 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 19

I recently had my chalazion removed; or more like an attempt since it’s still there, just slightly smaller. I also now, have a vertical red line next to my iris since surgery. I’m assuming the scalpel slipped and cut me. Ugh.

Comment from: MJ, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 04

I've had two chalazions now in the past four months. I had one on the top right eyelid and one on the bottom left eyelid. They hurt a little in the first few days -- like little pin pricks. Then they got very swollen and looked ugly. I was diligent with hot wet wash cloths and was able to cancel the scheduled procedures to have them removed by the doctor. The hot wet soaks help them drain. I also used prescribed steroid drops and ointment. To prevent recurrence I now take 2000 mg fish oil per day and wash my eyelids with baby shampoo on a Q-tip.

Comment from: Wweddell, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: November 09

I have had chalazions over a good part of my life. I am 80 years old. With proper anesthetic the surgery should be and has been painless, with no scarring, and full recovery and relief within a day or two.

Comment from: Ivy, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 10

I just had a lower lid chalazion surgically removed after 14 days of extreme pain and swelling. I went to urgent care and they didn't know if it was a sty, shingles, or something else. My right side if my face was swollen and very painful not to mention very unsightly! I went to my ophthalmologist who thought it was an infected sty and treated me with antibiotics and eye cream. It helped, but now I have two whiteheads on it that won’t seem to go away.

Comment from: mags, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: July 11

I had my chalazion removed it was not as painful as I had thought, and so far hasn’t come back and that was five years ago.

Comment from: bhanu jyothi, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: February 17

I have two: one in my upper and one in my lower lids. I have undergone a surgery last week but when I went today doctor told that there was another chalazion in the lower lid and a stye in the upper lid. I got two steroid shots.

Comment from: Mamone, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 13

I had cataract surgery 12 days ago. The bump on my eyelid was there immediately following the surgery. I suspect the eyelid got squeezed by the apparatus they put on the lid to hold it open. Three days after the surgery, the bump remained and became red and swollen. The pain was under the eyelid, and felt like an eyelash or foreign item was under the lid. It is causing pressure on the recent surgery beside the iris and is getting worse. Compresses only make it fell better for an hour or so. I saw the GP today who says it is now an infected chalazion. Today I am going back to the surgeon to have it removed.

Comment from: mimi, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 06

Heck yes it hurt! I don't know who is the doctor who decided chalazions are not painful. Due to the fact that the "head" (if you will) of the chalazion is actually on the back side of your lid... so if the head is hardened, it feels like a particle of glass is in your eye, each time you blink! I had one 12 years ago, and the doctor removed it. When it healed (the incision had scabbed right down to the line where your lashes meet) when the scab came off, it took off about 1/4 inch section of eyelashes, and eyelashes never grew back. Good luck to anyone with these nasty things!

Comment from: NKeeper, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: August 30

I believe I have a Chalazion in my right eye. However, it causes me no pain. I noticed it about a year ago, just near the crease. If I press it, it feels like a little stone under the skin. I'm going to try applying ginger compress (hopefully avoiding it going into my eye). My mother had the same thing at my age and this treatment worked for her.

Comment from: K.F., 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 17

A chalazion is no doubt painful. It’s the worst pain I’ve ever suffered. My doctor prescribed an antibiotic. After using it, I got little relief. Now my doctor is saying that he needs to operate.

Comment from: CAT, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 15

Yes, my chalazion caused pain. It is like a pimple or boil that will not drain. In the early stages it feels tingly and hurts a little, but by the second or third day, it is swollen and painful. Over several days I noticed a white like tip/pimple or cyst covering a duct. This can become chronic and continue over several months in both eyes.

Comment from: Paul mac, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: July 05

I have a chalazion the last few weeks. I have been using hot compress a few times a day and also antibiotic drops my GP prescribed. And this may sound strange but I have also been putting a cold used teabag on my eye for about half an hour straight after the hot compress and once I began using the teabag the lump went down considerably but not completely.

Comment from: mvelez8735, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 05

I initially had a Chalazion which now has turned into a lesion that keeps draining. It comes and goes for more than nine months. And yes, now nine months later, it filled up again with no warning within one day and it hurts like a lot. I have been applying warm compresses and antibiotic ointment. My eye lid is very swollen and painful. I have had surgery at least 8 times and cortizone once. It still keeps coming back!

Comment from: Kat62, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 31

I have a chalazion that has been there for 4 years. It has become very painful in the last 2 years. My doctor was of no help either. I thought it was a stye and twice I went to the doctor to remove it and she said it was too small, without even looking at it. I finally found a good doctor yesterday and I am removing it. I had never heard of a chalazion and mine did not react well to warm compresses or eye drops. The doctor said it is because it’s encapsulated and nothing will penetrate it. I am looking forward to no more eye pain and make-up that will stay on because my eye won't tear up so much. Good Luck.

Comment from: 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: April 01

My chalazion causes pain when I blink hard.

Comment from: lena, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 22

My chalazion was very painful. I used warm moist compresses and lots of acetaminophen, which made it bearable but barely. My doctor was not helpful at all.

Comment from: 2011, 55-64 (Caregiver) Published: February 04

My husband has had problems with styes lately. This time it was a chalazion. He applied the warm, moist towels the first week, three to four times a day. When he stopped the warm compresses it started swelling and getting tender, swelling and growing. I insisted he resume the warm compresses every hour or so (pop it in the microwave on a clean plate). This process brought it to a head and it started empting pus on its own. Perhaps warm compress are needed more than four times a day. Best of luck to all!

Comment from: RAH, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: February 04

I had a chalazion in 1998 the warm compresses didn’t work so I had the surgery. It was very quick and painless. I have another right now and it’s actually easier to have it removed than it is to stand around the sink 3 times a day with a warm washcloth.

Comment from: chris, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: October 19

I had two chalazions in the same eye at the same time. One in the upper and lower eyelid. My ophthalmologist only numbed both my eyelids to do the surgery. The procedure was very painful, you can feel everything. Of course now a few months later mine are coming back.

Comment from: notlads, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 26

I have been getting chalazion's for the last 4 years and have discovered that they appear about 10 days after I stop exercising aerobically and start to drain as soon as I resume exercising (and disappear within 48 hours). I have not heard about anyone else who has had the same experience but it makes sense to me. My theory is that, in much the same way that a warm compress works, exercise raises the body's temperature and naturally clears the blockage. I can actually feel it start to drain the first time I work out and it will continue to drain for the rest of the night.

Comment from: 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 11

At first it felt like when a sty is coming and was a little painful. However, now after about 7 weeks it is not painful just a little unsightly.

Comment from: Lainey, 55-64 Female Published: March 08

Have had Chalazion on both eyes, one on lower lid and one on upper, I know they say they are generally not painful, however both I have had were extremely painful.

Comment from: Dale, 25-34 Male Published: May 14

I had one on both upper eye lids, I had them both surgically removed and it honestly wasn't that bad, dot listen to people when they say it's the most painful thing ever because it really isn't.

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