Eye Stye/Chalazion/Meibomian Cyst: The Incision Story

Published on 31 May 2016 / by: Tan

After battling it for over a year, I finally muster up the courage to do it.

What to prepare?

Basically, besides your guts, there is nothing to prepare. Just make sure you have found the optometrist whom you trust and you are comfortable with.

What is the procedure?

Firstly, the doctor will inject anaesthesia to your lid depending on where the stye is. It is not very painful. It does have an instant prickling sensation when the anaesthesia enters, but it just feels like any other injection. Bearable, I promise. After that, the incision will begin. You won’t feel any excruciating pain but there will be a little bit discomfort. The stye will be scraped off using a tool that looks like a pimple extractor. I would say the procedure is similar to when you are popping out your pimple. If it gets too difficult to extract the pus, the doctor may use small scissors to cut it. Don’t worry, you won’t feel it. You can find videos of the procedure online, but I don't recommend it if you are a cowardice like me.

How long is the incision?

Probably 10-15 minutes.

Is it painful?

Overall, a little bit. It gets more painful after the incision as the anaesthesia wears off.

What is the aftercare?

Your eye will be covered for about two hours, so it is better to have a company. You will be prescribed with Polydex eye drop to be used 4-5 times daily for a week or two. I had pus coming out from my eye for a few days. It is also suggested that your eye does not come in contact with water for a few days as the wound is still opened.

Good luck!

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