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Dear Hyde Eyecare Patients,
In these uncertain times, we wanted to reach out to you personally about what we are doing here at Hyde Eyecare to support you and our employees. As the situation around novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to evolve, we are doing everything we can to ensure your Health is our top priority as it has always been, the safety and security of our patients and employees remains our highest priority. We take great pride in maintaining the highest standards of cleanliness and hygiene. In response to the coronavirus, we have taken additional measures developed in consultation with global and local public health authorities (including the WHO and CDC) to make our cleaning and hygiene protocols even more rigorous:
• Our team members are receiving ongoing briefings and enhanced operating protocols.
• We have increased the frequency of cleaning & sterilizing our public areas (including exam rooms, optical gallery, lobbies, elevators, private offices, door handles, bathrooms, etc.) and have continued to use hospital-grade disinfectant.
• We have increased the deployment of antibacterial hand sanitizers and wipes. We remain committed to offering you the best eye care possible. We will be flexible if your appointment needs to be rescheduled and will always be here if an eye emergency arises.
At Hyde Eyecare, we believe it is in challenging times like these that the power of good “sight” is needed most of all. We remain committed to serving you and our community for many years to come.
President & CEO, Hyde Eyecare
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Styes, Chalazion, Hordeolum Treatment and Surgery
A chalazion, or stye, appears as a well defined swelling within the eyelid. The upper and lower eyelids each contain about 30 oil secreting glands that open at the edge of the lid, and travel deep within the tarsal plate of the eyelid. If one or more of these glands becomes blocked, the gland continues to make the secretion, but this is trapped within the lid and eventually forms a rounded lump within the lid. There may be mild soreness initially since the trapped material creates some inflammation in the eyelid. The swelling may protrude toward the eye, toward the outside and appear to be just under the skin, or protrude at the edge of the eyelid. Conditions such as blepharitis and rosacea may lead to chalazion formation.
Your chalazion will be drained and we will apply hot compresses to the eyelid a few times a day for a few days to a week. An antibiotic ointment or an oral antibiotic may help. In cases where the chalazion does not drain fully, it can be drained surgically under local anesthesia in the office or as an outpatient procedure with mild sedation.
Sometimes a chalazion leads to the formation of a "granuloma", which is a reactive fleshy growth on the inside of the eyelid. This too can be removed if necessary. Masses in the eyelid can put pressure on the eye which can temporarily cause astigmatism, or a change in the shape of the eye.