There are several types of growths that can appear on the upper or lower eyelids. Besides being unattractive, they can also interfere with vision. Not all eyelid growths are serious, but they should be checked by an ophthalmologist to ensure they are not cancerous.
Common Types of Eyelid Growths
- Xanthelasma: yellow-white bump on the eye caused by an accumulation of fat. These may be caused by high cholesterol levels and are not cancerous.
- Chalazion: soft or firm lump on the middle of the eyelid caused by an obstruction of the meibomian gland in the eye. These are not cancerous.
- Styes: small, painful lump on the edge of the eyelid caused by an infected meibomian gland in the eye. This is an abscess that will be filled with pus. These are not cancerous but can recur.
- Basal cell carcinoma: shiny bump that increases in size and can break open and bleed/scab. This is a common form of skin cancer that occurs around the eyes. A biopsy will be recommended.
- Squamous cell carcinoma: scaly, thick growths that do not heal. This is another form of skin cancer that will require a biopsy.
At Charleston Cornea & Refractive Surgery we can treat eyelid growths as well as remove eyelid lesions for biopsy.