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    Old 08-03-2007, 09:46 PM   #1
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    Tarsal cyst (Also known as Meibomian cyst or a chalazion)

    "A tarsal cyst is an inflammation of the oil gland of the eyelid".

    I have been getting these cysts on and off for the last 10 years. I got o my GP, he prescribes anti-biotics (Keflex) which don't work.

    As a result of this, I then need to get a referral to a specialist who gives me a local anesthetic ont he eye lid in question, flicks up the eyelid and then removes the cyst(s) by making incisions under the eyelid.

    This is not as painful as it sounds although it causes some discomfort and creates alot of inconvenience for myself.

    - Does anyone know what causes Tarsal Cysts?
    - What kind of a specialist do I need to see in regards to finding out why this happening and prevention?
    - Does anyone know if there is anything I can try?

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    Old 08-05-2007, 02:34 AM   #2
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    Hi there!
    I have had meibomianitis for 5 years now with cysts continuously occurring. I have seen an eye specialist who recommended daily compresses and eyelid scrubbing. In spite of this the cysts still occor and then it's then antibiotic cream follwed by oral antibiotics. The specialist was dismissive and said it would never go away and nothing more could be done.
    However on a recent visit to my optician he said to try cutting out lactose for 3 months and see if that had an effect. The answer is yes! My eyes look the best since the condition started!!!! I have got used to soya milk and have learned not to miss cheese. He thinks that after a while I can reintroduce dairy products and see what happens.
    It might be worth a try!

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    Old 08-05-2007, 04:08 AM   #3
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    Re: Tarsal cyst (Also known as Meibomian cyst or a chalazion)

    Thank you so much for your helpful reply. I will give it a try.

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    Old 04-27-2008, 12:50 PM   #4
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    Re: Tarsal cyst (Also known as Meibomian cyst or a chalazion)

    is the lactose free diet still working for you? As i have 2 cysts removed since Jan. The last 1, 2 weeks ago and it look like it still there.Thanks.

    Old 05-26-2008, 12:56 PM   #5
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    Re: Tarsal cyst (Also known as Meibomian cyst or a chalazion)

    My daughter was getting these. An eye doctor recommended cleaning her eyelids once a day with Johnson's baby shampoo. Put a little baby shampoo on a cotton pad and wipe gently across the lid then rinse. She was apparently overproducing oil. That worked great and cleared up the problem. Before we happened on this fix she was getting these every few months.

    BTW I found a great non-surgical way of getting these to disappear. Use camomile tea bags. Pour boiling water over the tea bag. Put the tea bag on a spoon and hold the tea bag close to the eyelid with the chalazion letting the steam from the tea bag hit your eyelid. Do this three times a day for approx. 5 minutes a time. This does take a few weeks but eventually the chalazion will get a white head on it like a pimple, it will begin to drain and disappear on its own. Pleae remember the steam is hot and make sure if you are using this on a child that they tell you if it is to hot (you may have to move the spoon a little further from the eyelid.) My daughter had to have them surgically removed before we discovered this. She never had surgery again after we discovered the tea bag trick and now with the baby shampoo she has been chalazion free for years. Good luck!

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