Doctor, What’s That Lump On My Eyelid:
Dr. J. A. Parker
Dr. J. A. Parker

Have you ever had a lump or bump suddenly appear on your eyelid and wondered where it came from and what is it? Any lump or bump that shows up on the lids should never be taken lightly. The most common eyelid lumps are known as hordeolums (or styes) and chalazions. However, some lumps and bumps can be more serious. To know the difference, you should have it evaluated.

Styes (or hordeolums) develop when a gland at the base of an eyelash becomes infected. Resembling a pimple on the eyelid, a stye can grow on the inside or outside of the lid. Styes are not harmful to vision, and they can occur at any age. Signs and symptoms of styes are pain, redness, tenderness and swelling. Sometimes just one area is swollen; other times, the entire eyelid swells.

Most styes heal within a few days on their own. Applying hot compresses for 10 to 15 minutes, several times a day can help to relieve pain and sometimes resolve the stye. Other times, oral antibiotics are necessary. Never “pop” a stye like a pimple; allow it to rupture on its own. If you have frequent styes, your eye doctor may prescribe antibiotics to prevent reoccurrence.

Another type of eyelid lump is called a chalazion. Often mistaken for a stye, a chalazion is an enlarged, blocked oil gland in the eyelid. A chalazion mimics a stye for the first few days, but then later turns into a painless hard, round bump. Warm compress and oral antibiotics are also helpful to cause these lesions to resolve. However, injection of medicine or excision of the lesion may be needed if the lump is resistant to resolving.

Other lumps and bumps can be more serious, some even cancerous. Therefore, NEVER ignore any lump on the eyelids. I will be happy to evaluate and treat your unusual eyelid lumps and bumps. I recently completed a course allowing me to be certified to provide injections into the eyelids for this condition. If you are in need of an eye care provider, I invite you to visit EnVision Eye Care.

EnVision Eye Care

321 W. Montgomery

Crossroads, Savannah

(near Hunter Golf Course).

For appointments, call

(912) 927-0707 and visit us at www.envisionsavannah.com

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