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Minor Eyelid Lesions

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What are they?

Various types of lesions may appear on the eyelids. Although these lesions are aesthetically “ugly”, they do not present any danger for the eyelid. One of the most common is the CHALAZION, which is a chronic inflammation of an eyelid gland.

It appears as a “pearl” or “lump” which sometimes turns red. Sometimes it will be preceded by a sty, which is the acute infection of that gland.

Another frequent eyelid lesion is the warty lesions which may appear on other parts of the body. They are sometimes caused by viral infections.

Fibromas, which are small “horn-like” lesions on the skin, frequently affect the eyelids. There are many other minor lesions which can appear on the eyelids. A remarkable one of which is an elongated yellowish lesion which appears in the internal area, normally on the upper eyelids, called XANTHELASMAS.

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The main purpose of the eyelids is to protect the eyes. When we blink, our eyelids help to moisten our eyes and clear away any dust or other particles on their surface. Moreover, when our eyelids are closed, our eyes are protected against any possible traumatic injuries.

That is why, without of course forgetting the aesthetic aim of some procedures related to the eyelids, you should always pay them due care and attention for reasons of eye health.

How are they treated?

Surgery is almost always necessary. In the case of Chalazions, it is sometimes possible to inject an anti-inflammatory around the lesion which will reduce its size.

Surgical procedures are normally minor. If required by the residual defect, we can reconstruct the wound and stitch it up.

A local anaesthetic, which will be injected into the skin, is necessary.

Frequently asked questions on Minor Eyelid Lesions

Can I get back into a normal routine or return to work?

The operated area of most people is swollen for several days but they can get back into a normal routine on the day following the procedure.

Will the scar be visible?

These procedures usually produce a small scar which will usually blend in over time.

What care do I require following treatment?

After the eyelid operation, as for any surgical procedure, you should avoid any great physical exertion. Sunglasses are useful for concealing the swelling to the eyelid and they prevent the scar from being exposed to solar radiation which may be detrimental to the development of the scar.

What are the most frequent complications?

After any surgery, a natural inflammatory process of the body occurs to scar the tissue affected by the procedure. Particular on account of the thinness of the eyelid skin, temporary swelling is very common and may last for at least one week. It is usually mild and is treated with a cold compress and an ointment. Moreover, post-operative bruising is very common and may last for one or more weeks.

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