Biopsy of lesion
Eye lesions are abnormal tissues on the eye, most often developed due to eye trauma or as a symptom of a health problem. Common symptoms of eye lesions include dry or red eyes, pain, and blurry vision that are not improved by up-to-date corrective lenses. Eye lesions are typically not visible without having a professional optometrist or ophthalmologist dilate the eye, but lesions can gradually grow in size, becoming more noticeable, irritating, and blinding.
A common type of eye lesion is called a pinguecula, and it can appear on anyone, especially those who experience excessive sun exposure. This type of lesion develops in the form of small bumps that have a noticeable yellow tint. They are benign and grow on the white part of the eye. Wearing sunglasses coated with ultraviolet (UV) protection can decrease the odds of developing a pinguecula. These lesions are not usually corrected through surgery unless they are severely irritating or interfere with blinking.
One or more lesions can result from severe trauma to the eye as well, such as penetration by a sharp object. A lesion, however, can also result from even minor trauma such as being hit by a fast-moving ball during sports practice or having a car’s airbag deploy near the face. In all scenarios, it is advisable to see a doctor to assess the damage and determine what should be done, if anything.
The mainstay of treatment for most eyelid lesions is minor surgery. A biopsy of the eyelid will remove the lesion. In most cases we will send the biopsy for review by a histologist. This allows us to determine whether the eyelid will need any further treatment.
We normally perform your surgery under local anaesthetic which is given in the operating room or in the clinic treatment room. Occasionally we can give sedation at the same time if you are uncomfortable about having a local anaesthetic on its own.
The surgery usually involves making a small incision on the surface of the eyelid.