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Chalazia removal

Chalazia are skin tags on the eyelids. Your skin produces oil through small groups of cells called glands. When one of these blocks or swells up, it forms one of these skin tags. Chalazia usually change size in a few weeks and heal on their own in up to 6 months by massaging the area and using heat packs.

There are special cases when surgery should be used to remove them. These special cases include when all other treatment fails to resolve them, if they get infected badly or if they stop you from seeing well. Please click here to look at the criteria for Chalazia removal.

How can I be referred for this intervention?

To make sure that you get the best treatment for your condition your GP, hospital consultant or nurse specialist will discuss the different treatment options with you.

Some operations or treatments will only be recommended for some patients and your doctor will assess whether or not you meet the clinical conditions or criteria. Please click here to look at the criteria for Chalazia removal.

If you meet the criteria then this will be the best treatment option for you and the procedure will be arranged.

If you don’t meet the criteria then you will be offered the most effective treatment for your particular condition.

If you don’t qualify for the treatment, but your doctor or nurse thinks that there are exceptional clinical circumstances in your case then they may submit an Individual Funding Request (IFR) to an independent panel for consideration.

The IFR panel meets weekly and aims to consider cases within 14days. The panel’s decision will be communicated to you by letter if you are an adult or by letter to your GP if you are the guardian of a child applying for funding.

If your IFR application is rejected (meaning that your surgery will not be funded by the NHS), then you or your GP has the right to appeal to the IFR panel against this decision within 90days. The panel is independent to your local Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).