Treatment: Incision and curettage2018-12-14T15:56:33+00:00

Incision and Curettage (for treatment of Chalazion)

  • Conditions Treated

    Chalazion (Meibomian Cysts)

  • Treatable Areas

    Eyelids (most often upper, sometimes lower)

  • Prices

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    For those who have private medical insurance, the ophthalmic surgeons and Clinica is fee assured.

  • Downtime

    Very brief – this is an out-patient procedure under local anaesthetic

  • Your Specialists

Jane Olver

Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon
Eyelid & Lacrimal Specialist

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Jaheed Khan

Ophthalmologist, Medical Retina & Cataract Surgeon

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Laura Crawley

Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon & Glaucoma Specialist

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Surgical treatment of a chalazion is called incision and curettage (I+C)

The Problem

Chalazion is a common condition that is usually treated with incision and cutterage, when medical treatments fail to take effect.

Performed under local anaesthetic, the procedure involves making an opening in the cyst, cleaning the contents out and resecting a small section of the cyst wall. First the skin is cleaned and a drop of local anaesthetic is instilled onto the eye surface. Further local anaesthetic is injected into the skin around the chalazion.

A small clamp is put in place and the eyelid is everted (you may feel some pressure or pulling but no pain). A blade is used to incise the chalazion from the underside of the eyelid. In rare cases a small incision on the outer eyelid may be necessary. Old inflammatory debris is drained from the cyst and the cavity is curetted.  An empty, clean meibomian duct is left after I+C. At the end of the procedure pressure is applied to the eyelid, antibiotic ointment applied and the eye is padded firmly for up to 24 hours. Antiobiotic ointment should be used 3-4 times a day for up to a week.




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“The treatment was a great success; within 24 hours of starting the treatment the pain and swelling subsided and as a result, I was able to enjoy a great holiday in Argentina.”
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“Many thanks to Mr Khan. His prompt diagnosis and explanation was very reassuring indeed.”
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Frequently Asked Questions

No, we conduct the treatment under local anaesthetic.
Only about 30 minutes.
Very soon after swelling disappears.
It is unlikely that the chalazion will come back, but there are over 20 other meibomian ducts in each eyelid which could become blocked and cause a new chalazion in the future.
You don’t have to have surgery. There is a very good chance that with time (6 – 9 months) the lump will gradually settle and disappear. Surgery helps it disappear quickly. Alternative treatments: injection of a small amount of steroid into the eyelid around the lump to quieten the inflammation and help it settle faster.
If the chalazion is already getting better and there is just a very small lump that doesn’t look as though it contains anything to drain.