Eyelid Lumps, Bumps, Cysts, Styes and Cancers
Eyelid Cysts, Styes, Chalazia, Benign Eyelid Lumps
Chalazion: Note the firm swelling of the eyelid. This is occasionally associated with redness and discomfort
Chalazion: When the eyelid is everted one can see the inflammatory swelling arising from the cartilage like structure on the back of the eyelid
Typical acutely inflamed chalazion. Most chalazia resolve spontaneously although some enlarge so much as to burst either through the front or back of the eyelid
Stye of the upper eyelid. This is due to an acute infection affecting the roots of the eyelashes.
Skin Tag/ Viral Wart: These benign lesions require removal when they obstruct vision.
Sebaceous cysts: These white oil filled glands can enlarge to become a cosmetic nuisance
Surgery for their removal is quick and often done in the outpatient clinic
Some sebaceous cysts can grow quite large. Careful removal is necessary to avoid scarring and collateral damage to local muscles and nerves
1 week post surgery: The incisions blend away to become invisible.
Cyst of Zeiss: Oil filled cyst of the thin skin of the eyelid. Surgery is simple and can be done in an outpatient clinic
Skin Tag/ Viral Wart: These lesions are often removed as they represent a cosmetic nuisance.
Sebaceous of the eyelids: These are sometimes confused for xanthelasma/ cholesterol patches
2 weeks following surgery: Unlike xanthelasma, sebaceous cyst surgery is less complex and less risky.
Eyelid Milia: These represent small blockages of the oil producing glands. Surgery often involves simple needle puncture and drainage.
Cyst of Zeiss of the upper eyelid: Oil filled cyst of the thin skin of the eyelid. Surgery is simple and can be done in an outpatient clinic.
Large cyst of Moll: These represent blockage of the sweat glands. These can enlarge to interfere with function of the eyelid and become quite unsightly
Large cyst of Moll: Surgery for their removal is effective and often done under local anaesthetic. It is important that they be seen by an oculoplastic specialist as some cystic skin cancers can present similarly. Removal for histological analysis is recommended if a benign diagnosis is in doubt.
Some benign cysts enlarge to become a functional and cosmetic problem
1 week following surgery. The small skin fold smoothes out leaving no trace of surgery nor the original lump.