Benign eyelid lumps and cysts

Most eyelid lumps and cysts are harmless and cause no more than irritation or cosmetic concern. Cysts occur when glands in the skin or eyelid are blocked so their secretions cannot be released. Sometimes they become inflamed, and can persist for many months. They do not normally respond to antibiotic drops and if they persist, a small operation under local anaesthetic will remove them without any scarring. Eyelid lumps are common and are not usually a cause for concern. There are various causes, such as virus infections, cholesterol deposits or simply due to ageing skin. Lesions like this will not usually resolve without treatment and surgery is the best option in most cases. In almost all cases they can be removed under local anaesthetic without adversely affecting the appearance or function of the eyelid.

Eyelid cyst

Chalazion

Xanthelasma