Non-Invasive Treatment Option for Chalazion
Posted by: Clear Vision Cataract & LASIK Center
Chalazia are a result of chronic inflammation in the eyelids, particularly from meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD) or blepharitis. When the glands aren’t functioning normally, they are prone to closure and a firm, tender nodule may form in the eyelid. They can be quite uncomfortable, and are definitely unsightly! Traditional treatments for a chalazion, and their infected cousins known as a stye or hordeolum, are a combination of hot compresses and eyelid scrubs. These treatments are designed to help open the oil glands, reduce inflammation, and gradually the bump resolves. But this can take weeks and aren’t always effective. For chronic, non-resolving nodules, more invasive treatments can be performed, including injecting the lesion with a steroid, or incision/drainage: both not the most pleasant of experiences for patients!
In 2019, Clear Vision Center began offering the cutting edge treatment for dry eye syndrome known as IPL (Intense Pulsed Light). This treatment, which involves a series of light-based treatments to the skin around the eyes, helps dry eye sufferers by reducing abnormal blood vessels (telangectasias) around the eyelids that secrete inflammation-producing chemicals, improving meibomian gland function, and reducing bacterial load around the eyes. The end result: more tears, a healthier tear composition, and less dry eye symptoms for most.
Over the past two years of use, we have also found that it can be an effective non-invasive treatment for chalazia. While results may vary, in our experience, we have found IPL treatments to be equally as effective (80-90% resolution) compared to more invasive options such as steroid injections or incision & drainage. As always, treatments are individualized to the unique characteristics of each patient, but having an effective, non-invasive option has been a game-changer for our patients.
What about the cost? Currently, IPL treatments are not covered by vision or medical insurance, and typically cost $200-300 per session (varies by clinical indication, 2-4 sessions usually required). IPL treatments are eligible for FSA/HSA dollars.
If you have a chronic eyelid swelling or dry eyes and want to hear more about how IPL might help, call us today at 248-710-2325