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Eyelid bumps come in all sizes, colors, and types; clearing them starts with an accurate diagnosis

At Orange County Eye Institute, we understand that bumps, lumps, and any other changes to the tissues on or around the eyes can be concerning. Your eyes are hard to miss. So, when we notice new spots or growths on or around our eyes, that may be all we see. 

Our surgeons are privileged to serve individuals countywide and from throughout southern California. We can restore their attractive appearance and assure that the bump or area is not a cause for health concern – in addition to a cosmetic problem.

What is that little bump on my eyelid rim?

Many dots, spots, lumps, bumps, growths, and lesions that affect the eye region are similar in appearance. This truth makes it all the more important for individuals to turn to specialists to diagnose eye conditions. Our team is highly knowledgeable and experienced at accurately pinpointing the cause and nature of any eye-related changes. We can rule out more nefarious causes of eyelid lesions, such as cancers. Some suspicious growths may be biopsied and warrant further investigation. 

Generally, though, bumps and raised spots on or near the eyelid should not be a source of alarm. They often do not require surgical intervention or removal unless cosmetic improvement is desired or the lesion affects clear vision and eye function.

Common eyelid bumps include: 

  • Styes – Small painful lumps that develop inside the eyelid or at the base of the eyelashes. Infected hair follicles or oil-producing glands may cause them. Eyelid inflammation, or “blepharitis,” is also associated with styes. 
  • Chalazion – These swollen bumps can start as internal styes (underneath the eyelids). A chalazion may be “silent” – and not produce any symptoms early on. However, as this swollen bump grows, the affected eyelid can become tender, red, and even press on the eye – interfering with your vision. 

In addition to eyelid inflammation, other risk factors for these conditions include dermatological problems like rosacea or seborrheic dermatitis. Some systemic diseases, such as diabetes, also increase the risk of getting styes or chalazion.


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Depending on what we find during an evaluation at our institute in Laguna Hills, antibiotics or steroids may be prescribed. Likewise, lifestyle remedies may include special products to clean the eyelids or the application of a warm compress. For persistently swollen eyes, one of our specialists may suggest draining the area to relieve pressure. The process is straightforward, fast, and well-tolerated with local anesthetic at our office. 

There are many reasons for eyelid spots, bumps, lumps, patches, lesions, and other changes to the area. Often, they are harmless. Even so, they can be annoying and detract from your appearance. We encourage you to contact Orange County Eye Institute at (949) 441-5444 to schedule an examination today.

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George Salib , MD, MS

Dr. George Salib is a leading cataract specialist and top ophthalmic surgeon in California.

An alumnus of UCLA, Georgetown University, and University of Wisconsin Medical School, he received ophthalmology training at King-Drew Medical Center, a residency program affiliated with UCLA, and followed a fellowship in advanced surgical techniques at Tulane University, New Orleans.

Besides cataract treatments, Dr. Salib is also experienced in multifocal lenses, laser eye treatments, Glaucoma, corneal transplants, macular degeneration, Comprehensive eye care, Laser assisted cataract surgery, Dry eye and pterygium surgery. He is passionate about educating others on eye health and is committed to helping patients maximize their vision and living their lives to the fullest.

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