What to expect after chalazion drainage
- It is normal for the eye to feel scratchy or irritated like an eyelash is in it. Severe pain is not normal. If you have severe pain, please call our office.
- It is normal for the vision to be a little blurry for a few days. This should get better each day over the course of 1 week. If your vision is worsening, please call our office.
- It is normal to have bloody tears the first day.
- It is normal to have bruising or swelling for up to 2 weeks after this procedure.
- Sometimes, the chalazion resolves just a few days after drainage. More commonly, it can take up to a month for the bump and redness to resolve. This is because chalazion drainage removes the built-up oils in the clogged gland, but it still takes time for the inflammation to go away. This is similar to popping a big pimple: Even after the pimple drains, there is often still a bump and some redness for the weeks ahead.
- If your surgeon places an eye patch, please leave the patch on until dinner time.
- Apply a gentle cloth covered ice pack to the eyelid for 20 minutes at least 4 times a day for the first two days. Do not put ice directly on your skin.
- Use the antibiotic eye drops or antibiotic ointment as prescribed.
- You may take Tylenol or ibuprofen as instructed to on the bottle for discomfort.
- You may use your eye to read, watch TV, use the computer, or any other visual tasks. This will not hurt your eyes.
- No driving if you are in pain or if your vision is blurry.
- Avoid wearing makeup on your eyelid for 1 week.
There are NO activity restrictions after a chalazion excision. You may return to work, school and all activities.
Please call the Aesthetics Center for any questions or problems
During office hours (8am-5pm Monday – Thursday, 8am – 3:30pm Friday):
After hours and weekends:
804-287-4200 (Ask to speak with the doctor on call)