If you notice a tender red bump on your eyelid, it could be a stye. A stye is the result of an oil gland infection and usually occurs on the eyelid. A chalazion, on the other hand, sometimes occurs after a stye develops. Chalazions are usually firm and painless, but it can become painful and red if there’s also an eye infection present.

To get rid of a stye or chalazion, apply a warm compress to the lid, which will aid in the elimination of eyelid swelling. If the chalazion continues to get larger or doesn’t react to treatment, it may be necessary to surgically remove it. By treating styes and chalazions as soon as possible, surgery could be avoided.

If you have a stye or chalazion, contact Riverdale Ophthalmology immediately.