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Is It a Chalazion or a Stye (Hordeolum)?


Eyelid stye

What’s the difference between a chalazion and a stye? The two are often confused, but differ slightly. Both are red lumps on the eyelid near the eyelashes, but whereas a chalazion is (usually) painless, and caused by a blocked oil gland duct, a stye is sore and caused by an infected eyelash follicle.

Styes are more common, but harmless. Only rarely do they spread to other eyelashes.

A chalazion – sometimes a complication of stye – can be more serious. A large chalazion can cause astigmatism if it presses on the cornea. In rare cases, it can also be caused by skin cancer blocking the oil gland. This type of chalazion often re-occurs, and Dr. Bansal may suggest a biopsy.

Both styes and chalazions often go away on their own, but that can take a month or longer.

Treatment, however, is the same for both: Apply a warm washcloth to the affected eye for five to ten minutes, three or four times a day. The heat will soften the oil blocking the duct, allowing the chalazion to drain and heal. Warm compresses will also force styes to rupture, providing relief and allowing them to heal. In some cases, Dr. Bansal may prescribe antibiotic ointments to speed healing.

If large chalazions do not respond to this treatment, simple surgical incision or removal may be required. In some cases, however, chalazions respond well to steroid injection. Dr. Bansal can properly diagnose your condition and discuss treatments. Please call 1.800.527.3745 to schedule your appointment today.


To our valued patients, colleagues, and friends,

In response to COVID-19 and in accordance with local, state, and federal guidelines we have closed our Mountain View and San Francisco offices. Our Santa Rosa office is closed for routine eye care but is available to see patients on an emergency-only basis.

Any consultations or appointments occurring during the shelter-in-place period will be rescheduled.

If you’d like to set up an appointment following the shelter-in-place period, please use our online scheduling request form.

If you are experiencing an emergency, please call our Santa Rosa office at 707-522-6200

We will provide updates as they come and be sure to announce our reopening as well in advance as possible. From myself, and on behalf of our team here at LaserVue, we wish you and your families the best and look forward to serving you in the future.

-Jay Bansal & the LaserVue team

San Francisco

LaserVue LASIK and Cataract Center San Francisco
711 Van Ness Ave #320,
San Francisco, CA 94102
Location & Map 1-800-527-3745 1-415-346-5500

Santa Rosa

Santa Rosa Business Location
3540 Mendocino Ave. #200,
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
Location & Map 1-800-527-3745 1-707-522-6200

Mountain View

Laservue LASIK Center in Mountain View
1174 Castro St., #112,
Mountain View, CA 94040
Location & Map 1-800-527-3745 1-650-966-0900

Call 1-800-LASER-45 or Schedule a Consultation