Chalazions are masses that develop along the eyelid as a result of a blocked oil gland. They may cause pain, swelling and tearing of the eye. Larger chalazions may gradually obstruct vision.
Symptoms can include:
- Mass on the eyelid
- Redness of the eyelid
- Tenderness of the eyelid
Many chalazions go away on their own with no need for treatment other than warm compresses. In other instances, certain eye drops may be used in treatment. Those that are resistant to conservative therapies may require a surgical procedure to excise.
Water Eyes (Tearing)
Excessive tearing is known as epiphora. It can be caused by a variety of factors: obstruction of the lacrimal (tearing) system, overproduction of tears, and eyelid malposition.
Symptoms can include
- Tearing eyes and tears running down the face
- Irritation of skin around the eyes
- Infection from stagnant tears
- Blurring of vision
Treatment depends upon the underlying cause of the tearing: lubrication for dry eyes, surgery to eliminate the obstruction of the tear duct or to create a new tear duct, surgery to tighten the eyelid.