Eyelid cyst removal

What is an eyelid cyst?

An eyelid cyst is usually a painless lump or swelling either on the upper or lower eyelid which is caused by a blockage in one of the glands that supplies fluid to lubricate the edge of the eyelid. This will require a minor operation to remove.

What will an operation involve?

Eyelid cysts are usually removed under local anaesthetic which takes around thirty minutes and is done as a day case. During the operation the eyelid is carefully turned inside out and a small instrument is placed over the cyst to hold it secure. The cyst is then cut and scraped away and the wound washed with salt (saline) solution.

When will I recover?

You will be able to go home the same day and apart from some possible soreness, you should recover very quickly.

What risks should I know about?

Eyelid cyst removal is a routinely performed minor operation and has few notable side affects.