This is a fairly common condition
and is caused by a blockage in one of the small glands in the lid. Although
it is unsightly, it is easy to treat and should not cause your child any
major problems with their vision.
As a first step in treatment, your child 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 child's 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 bring your child to Coombe
Ward as a day case. The cyst will be removed under general anaesthetic.
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
operation itself only takes a few minutes.
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 1-2 weeks. Once your child is awake, eating and drinking and
has been up to the toilet, you will be able to go home.
Some children 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.