Not all eye conditions demand immediate attention, yet visiting an eye doctor for a stye or chalazion is still necessary.
Whenever there’s swelling by your eye, this could be due to a chalazion, where your eyelid swelled in size because of a chronic inflammation, or a stye caused the swelling from an inflammatory infection.
While a chalazion or stye may disappear without treatment, not addressing the cause of the inflammation will likely cause a recurrence later down the road.
A Chalazion develops when your meibomian glands in the upper and lower eyelids trap oil secretions instead of releasing them. The build up over time can be unnoticeable, but eventually, the skin around the eye may distort in shape, and this could cause vision distortion and possibly infection. Chalazions may feel somewhat thick and often are at the farthest edge of the eyelid.
Styes are much closer to the eyelid, since a stye is an inflammatory infection of an eyelash follicle. Therefore, a red, sore lump would appear at the edge of the lid, and this can have immediate symptoms due to the close proximity & sensitivity.
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