Chalazion, Cysts, and Styes in Children

Chalazia and styes are two types of cysts. They both possess similar characteristics, including localized swelling or the formation of lumps in or along the eyelid. Sometimes they heal and disappear on their own; other times medical intervention is required. It is not always easy to distinguish between the two so it is usually best to visit your eye doctor if you notice that your child has been symptomatic for more than two days.

What is a stye?

A stye, which is actually an abscess in the oil gland, is often caused by a bacterial infection within the follicle of the eyelash. It is the most common type of cyst and causes the eye to become swollen, red and painful to the touch.

What is a chalazion?

A chalazion is usually the result of an untreated stye. It can last anywhere from 8 to 16 weeks but is typically not painful.

What is a cyst?

Cysts are often related to bacterial infections or duct blockage as well but may also be due to poor hygiene, cosmetics, or chronic blepharitis.

How do I treat a chalazion, a stye or a cyst in my eye?

Treatments include warm compresses, eye drops and lid scrubs. Omega 3 supplements help as well.