There are many types of benign eyelid lesions, including styes, cysts, and granulomas. Eyelid bumps usually appear as painful, red lumps caused by bacteria or blockages in the oil glands. While seldom dangerous, they are often unsightly given their location, and addressing them quickly can lead to the best cosmetic outcome.
What are lumps & bumps?
What are the types of eyelid bumps?
- Styes: These are the most common types of eyelid bumps, and they usually occur when bacteria enter the oil glands in the eyelids. They’re usually round, red bumps appearing close to the eyelids, leading to eyelid soreness.
- Chalazion: This is an inflammatory lesion that appears around the eyelids when the oil-producing glands are blocked. Depending on its size and location, it can interfere with your vision.
- Xanthelasma: This is a harmless, yellow bump caused by the build-up of fat under the skin. This type of eyelid bump usually appears in older adults due to high cholesterol.
What are the symptoms of eyelid bumps and lumps?
- Red or skin-colored lumps around the eyelids
- Gritty, scratchy sensation in the eyes
- Sensitivity to light
- Watery discharge from the eyes
- Vision problems
- The whites of the eyes become red
- Bleeding from the eyelid bumps
- Red, scaly, or crusty eyelids
- Blisters on the eyelids
In most cases, eyelid lumps and bumps aren’t dangerous, though they may cause cosmetic concerns. However, in some cases, they can also be indicative of infections and other underlying problems, so you should consult an oculoplastic surgeon promptly.