tarsal cyst - Overview, Facts, Types, Symptoms, etc. -Watson Health


A chalazion (tarsal cyst) is a little, yet painless, lump or swelling that develops on your eyelid. This kind of condition is caused by oil glands or blocked meibomian glands. It can further develop on both the upper and/or lower eyelid, and may eventually vanish without treatment. Chalazia is the term used in describing multiple chalazion.

Sometimes, a chalazion is mistaken as an internal or external stye. An internal stye is due to the infection of a meibomian organ, while an external stye is an infection in the region of the eyelash follicle and sweat gland. Styes are usually painful and chalazia typically are not. Chalazia may develop after styes.

It is necessary to see your eye specialist if you think you have a chalazion, in case it blocks your vision or if you’ve had chalazia before.


In some cases, the specialist can diagnose this kind of condition by simply taking a close look at the lump on your eyelid. He or she will also ask about the symptoms you experienced to determine if the lump is a chalazion, a stye, or something else.


Chalazia can heal on its own without treatment. But if your doctor does recommend treatment, options may include:

Home care

Do not try to pinch the tarsal cyst. It’s best not to touch it often to avoid irritation.

Instead, you need to apply a warm compress to your affected eyelid four times per day for about 10 minutes at a time. This can reduce the swelling by softening the oils in the blocked gland. Don’t forget to wash your hands before touching the area.

Your doctor may also advise you to gently massage the lump. He or she may also prescribe eye drops or eyelid creams for treatment.

Medical treatment

If the chalazion is not healed by home treatment, your doctor may recommend a corticosteroid injection or a surgical procedure. Both the injection and the surgery are effective treatments to solve your eyelid problem.

The kind of treatment may vary on different factors as well. Your doctor will also explain the benefits and risks of the said treatment.


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