Treatment for Styes and Chalazion
- Warm Compresses are easy to administer at home. You can use a hot water bag, a heated pack from the pharmacy, or soak a small, clean towel in hot water. Apply for 15 minutes, several times a day. The heat and moisture will open the pores and allow the clog to loosen and drain.
- Topical Antibiotic Creams are available over the counter or by prescription. They typically offer relief in the first couple of days, but can only help if there is an infection.
- Manual Gland Expression is an option where your medical professional would manually work out the clog and clear your glands. It should only be done by an experienced physician. Some people claim they’ve been lucky with manually expressing their own chalazion and styes, but the likelihood you’ll irritate the site and push pus further into the skin is high. Irritation or exacerbation of the site due to inexperienced expression will prolong the condition and is not worth the risk.
- Injections performed in the eye doctor’s office are a stronger intervention, delivering medicine directly into the skin. Doctors may use antibiotics to fight infection and/or steroids to speed healing.
- Excision (surgical removal) is often recommended for chalazion that persist for a few months. Under local anesthesia, the surgeon drains the mass in a procedure that only takes 15-20 minutes. Most of the time this procedure does not require stitches, and the surgeon may be able to make the incision on the underside of your eyelid to avoid scarring.
- Intense Pulsed Light is the newest treatment that addresses blocked meibomian glands. IPL works in combination with manual gland expression (cleaning) that we offer. The light warms the oily clog, softening it and making it easier to remove. The light also kills the bacteria causing infection and inflammation.