This is a common condition and is
caused by a blockage in one of the small glands in the eyelid. A
small lump develops as the normal contents cannot escape. Although
it is unsightly, it is easy to treat and should not cause you any major
problems with your vision.
As a first step in treatment, you will be
prescribed antibiotics to reduce the inflammation in the eyelid. Heat treatment
with hot compresses can also help and may actually release the contents
of the cyst which means that further intervention is not needed.
If it has not resolved on this treatment,
it can be removed surgically. Your name will be put on the minor
operations waiting list and you will be given a date to come in for the
You will be asked to report to the Out-Patients
Department, at Oxford Eye Hospital from where you will be escorted to the
Eye Theatre Suite. Your eyelid will need to be numbed by an anaesthetic
injection to the area. This will sting initially, but the lid will
soon become frozen.
The cyst is removed from the inside of the
eyelid - no stitches are necessary, and no scar will be visible. Antibiotic
ointment will then be applied, followed by an eye pad.
The pad may be removed after 2 hours, or left
overnight for comfort, if felt necessary. You may be given ointment
to use in the eye for 3-4 subsequent days.
Often the lid is bruised following the procedure
- do not worry, this is normal and will resolve within 2 weeks.
Some people are prone to getting these lumps
again. You can help prevent them from re-occurring by using hot compresses
on the lids and massaging them in the morning.