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Please tell me how long I have to wait before doing something

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Please tell me how long I have to wait before doing something more about a chalazion I have developed last week on my eye. I hate this thing...I am considering eyelid surgery. I have been so depressed over this...please help.

Dr. James :

Hello.

Dr. James :

Warm compresses are the best treatment for this now.

Dr. James :

Usually we try the warm compresses to avoid cutting on the eyelids, but really you can drain the chalazion anytime.

Dr. James :

If it's been there more than 4 weeks, it will likely need drainage.

Dr. James :

Another option is to inject steroids into the chalazion which will help it go away much faster.

Dr. James :

if you can get a sooner appointment, then that would be helpful but not necessary.

Customer:

Do people typically have this for months or years on end ? I feel so disfigured.

Dr. James :

Sometimes it can be there for months, but that is usually because the patient hopes it will go away on its own.

Customer:

Should I insist on a more immediate treatment like the shot or surgery ?

Dr. James :

It's up to the comfort of the doctors. Some don't offer the injection at all. The success rate with the injection is about 85%, but you can get a second or third one if needed if it doesn't completely go away.

Dr. James :

The surgery is virtually 100%, but obviously more involved.

Dr. James :

Both are in office procedures.

Customer:

If I only had this for 1 week how long should I wait to have more done ?

Dr. James :

1-2 weeks.

Dr. James :

I'd give the warm compresses a chance.

Customer:

Thank-you. I think i will do that.

Dr. James :

You're welcome.

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