Problems on eyes and eyelids are fairly common and rarely serious. There are a number of possible causes so for a firm diagnosis it would be best to visit your GP. You should seek medical immediately if you have pain in or around the eye or experience loss of vision. In the meantime, below are some common conditions that can appear as white lumps around the eye, which we hope you’ll find helpful.
Milia are located on the surface of the skin, are consistent in shape and usually found on the face and around the eyes. They are pearly-white or yellowish lumps, typically measuring 1-2mm in diameter. There are different causes of milia such as long-term sun damage, long term use of steroid cream and blistering due to skin conditions, however the most common is caused by dead skin cells. Milia usually don’t require any treatment. They can last for anything from a few weeks to several months but should eventually clear up on their own. However if diagnosed, a doctor may choose to remove them with a needle. Although similar in appearance, milia are a type of cyst not a spot so it’s important you don’t try to squeeze them yourself – it’s unlikely to work and may cause long term damage to the surrounding skin.
These are painful yellow lumps found on or in the eyelid and are commonly accompanied by redness to the eye or eyelid and swelling. They are usually caused by a staphylococcal infection and often get better on their own, however sometimes it is necessary to release the puss, which should only be done by a medically trained person. You may be able to speed up the healing process – and relieve pain – using a warm compress. Soak a clean flannel in warm water then wring it out so it’s moist but not dripping and apply to the affected area. You can do this several times a day but be sure to use a clean flannel each time.
Chalazion cysts, also known as meibomian or tarsal cysts, are small fluid filled cysts, typically 2-8 mm, found on the upper and lower eyelids. Chalazion cysts are fairly common and it is possible to have several at once. These cysts are caused by a build-up of oily fluid that is released by the meibomian gland found just below the surface of the eyelid. This oily fluid is used to lubricate the eye but can form a lump or swelling if the gland becomes blocked. Treatment is not usually necessary, however warm compresses can be used if they are sore.
These are yellow fat plaques found around the upper or lower eyelids. They can indicate a lipid disorder and if diagnosed should trigger a fasting lipid levels blood test by your GP. The lesions can be left alone unless the patient would like to remove them for cosmetic reasons.
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