Monday, February 06, 2012

Rumor Control On Culbreth's Eye Surgery

I notice that there are a few posts out there in response to a Twitter post from Houston righty Brandon Culbreth concerning his upcoming eye surgery. 

Here's a little clarification on that surgery, just to lay a little calm on we Astros fans. This is straight from his mother, by the way. 

Brandon has been diagnosed with a chalazion, the removal of which is a very simple procedure and does not require any significant recovery time. So the reports of “eye surgery” have caused a mild panic in the Astros community but there is no reason for concern. Of course, it's understandable that even the mention of surgery can cause a stir, but in this case it's not warranted.  

Chalazia can form when a gland at the edge of the eyelid (near the eyelashes) becomes blocked, and while they can become larger and cause local infection they often will regress and be reabsorbed on their own. In the cases where they must be removed, removal involves excision of the cyst under local anesthesia. The affected eye is covered with a rigid patch for the first 8 hours and the patient is advised to avoid contact lenses and to keep the eye dry and clean. Eye drops are often prescribed to prevent infection and for pain control, and post-op follow-up is usually 3-4 weeks after the procedure. 

Anyway, there's the long and short of it. If anyone has further questions, lay 'em on me. 
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