Sometimes, as a last resort, surgery is performed. The eyelid is injected with a local anesthetic, a clamp is put on the eyelid, then the eyelid is turned over, an incision is made on the inside of the eyelid, and the chalazion is drained and scraped out with a curette . A scar on the upper lid can cause discomfort as some patients feel the scar as they blink. Of course, as surgeries are intrusive and damage healthy tissue (., leaving behind scar tissue or possibly even causing blepharitis ), given other options, less intrusive treatment is always preferable. Similarly, chalazia may recur once the eye is predisposed and surgical intervention each time is not possible. So surgery should be considered only as a last resort, performed on as few as 5% of all chalazia patients.
Dr. Gary Reiter has been providing compassionate, state-of-the art, individualized eye care to generations of Orange County residents from his Newport Beach Office for over 25 years. A Board Certified, second-generation Ophthalmologist, Dr. Reiter provides a variety of services that are designed to give the best and most comfortable vision obtainable for the entire family. He specializes in the treatment of cataracts, glaucoma, corneal disease, dry eyes and eye trauma . He is one of Orange County's most skilled and experienced eye surgeons and uses the Tecnis Multifocal, ReStor , Toric and Crystalens implants (premium IOLs) to create a custom vision solution for Orange County Patients.