The recovery process is easy and quite fast. Most patients experience some very minor discomfort in the eye, which can be easily controlled by taking painkilling medication. Patients are, however, recommended to avoid getting water in the eye for up to 10 days after surgery. They may wash, bathe, or shower, but they must be careful to keep the area dry and clean. Makeup may be worn after at least one month post-operatively. Patients are recommended to not wear contact lenses in the affected eye for at least eight weeks to prevent infections and potential complications.
Before undergoing chalazion removal surgery, make sure that you ask your doctor about costs. If you have HMO insurance, review your policy or ask the physician in-charge if the procedure is covered and if you need to pay a deductible to activate your insurance coverage for this particular operation. Check if your ophthalmologist is under your plan’s network of providers or if you need to have it done by another doctor under the HMO’s network. Normally, going with the provider accredited by your HMO will allow you to save more if you have to make co-pays for this operation.
The other alternatives includes by following good personal hygiene, using antibiotic eye drops, applying warm compress in the affected area, washing the hands with soap water before applying the compress and always using fresh and clean towels to clean the eyes. Sometimes people are treated with steroid injections in the scenarios of recurrent infections; doctors will also order a biopsy when they occur at regular intervals in order to check the possibility of cancer. Washing the eyes often with gentle and mild soaps helps in avoiding the blockage of the oil glands.