An eyelid cyst is usually a lump or swelling on the upper or lower eyelid. While this type of cyst is usually painless, you may be unhappy with the way it makes you look and want it removed.
An eyelid cyst is caused by an eyelid problem, such as a blockage in one of the glands that supplies fluid to lubricate the edge of your eyelid. Removing the cyst involves a minor operation under local anaesthesia.
You may have decided you want this procedure because you’re unhappy with the way your cyst makes your eye look or because it droops down into your eye, affecting your vision.
If you decide to have eyelid cyst removal surgery with us, you’ll be cared by an experienced multi-disciplinary care team.
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Spire Hull and East Riding Hospital is pleased to offer patients minor eyelid surgery treatements with Mr Colin Vize, consultant opthalmologist and oculoplastic surgeon. Services offered include eyelid cyst removal and watery eyes. Surgery of the eyelids and structures around the eye is called oculoplastic surgery. It should be performed by a surgeon who is specifically trained in ophthalmology and plastics. The speciality includes repositioning eyelids that have become droopy or which are turning in or out. It also includes the removal of lid abnormalities and subsequent reconstruction of the eyelid.
You will have a formal consultation with a healthcare professional. During this time you will be able to explain your medical history, symptoms and raise any concerns that you might have.
We will also discuss with you whether any further diagnostic tests, such as scans or blood tests, are needed. Any additional costs will be discussed before further tests are carried out.
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Eyelid cysts are usually removed in a minor operation under local anaesthesia. 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.
Once the operation is over, antibiotic ointment will be applied to the wound and then your eye will be covered with a protective eye pad to keep the eye shut. The operation usually takes about 20 minutes and the cyst may be sent to a laboratory to examine the tissue.
An eyelid cyst is usually a painless lump or swelling either on the upper or lower eyelid. It is caused by a blockage in one of the glands that supplies fluid to lubricate the edge of the eyelid.
Eyelid cysts are usually removed by having a minor operation under local anaesthesia. 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.
Eyelid cyst removal normally takes about 20 minutes and is routinely performed as a day case, requiring no overnight stay.
Watering eyes is when tears are produced without any obvious reason. It is caused when tears don't drain away properly (epiphora) or too many tears are produced (hypersecretion). Epiphora and hypersecretion can occur as a result of conditions such as conjunctivitis (eye inflammation), an eye injury, or something irritating your eye, such as car fumes.
How tears work
Tears are constantly produced to keep the eyes moist. They are produced in the small gland located above and outside each eye, called the lacrimal gland, and in the small cells found in the membrane that covers the eyeball (conjunctiva). When you blink, tears are spread over the front of your eyes.
The tears drain away through tiny channels known as canaliculi, which are found on the inside of your eyes. The tears drain into a tear "sac" before flowing down a tube and into your nose.
Blocked tear duct
If your tear ducts become blocked or narrowed, or if you have an eye infection, excess tears can build up. This causes the tear ducts to overflow, leading to a watering eye. If you have a blocked tear duct, your eye may water at least 10 times a day.
Who is affected by watering eyes?
You can get watering eyes at any age but it is most common in young babies (0-12 months) and people over the age of 60. It can affect one or both eyes and can cause blurred vision, sore eyelid skin and sticky eyes.
Treatment for watery eyes
Surgery on the tear duct to alleviate a watery eye is called lacrimal surgery. If you have a watery eye, it is possible that you have a blocked tear duct.
When you are seen in the outpatient clinic, you will be examined to see if your watering is caused by a blocked duct or whether it is happening for some other reason, such as an irritation of the eye causing overproduction of tears. If you have a blocked tear duct and you would like an improvement, it is likely that surgery will be the treatment of choice.
Sometimes a very small procedure is all that is needed but you may require an operation that requires a general anaesthetic either as a day case or with one night's stay in hospital.
Eyelid cyst removal surgery is routinely performed as a day case, so you won't need to stay overnight in hospital and can go home as soon as you're ready. Your sight won't be affected, but as you will be wearing an eye pad, you should arrange for someone to drive you home.
After surgery, your eyelid might be a little sore, bruised and swollen. If you need to, please take painkillers as advised by the hospital.
After eyelid cyst removal surgery, your consultant will advise you on how to make your recovery as quick as possible. You should avoid swimming until your consultant tells you it is safe for you to resume. You can remove the eye pad after two hours, or leave it on overnight if that feels more comfortable.
Before you go home, your nurse may give you antibiotic ointment to take with you. They will show you how to use it and give you advice about caring for your healing eye.
Once you’re ready to be discharged from hospital, you’ll need to arrange a taxi, friend or family member to take you home as you won’t be able to drive.
Even after you’ve left hospital, we’re still looking after you every step of the way.
As with all medical treatments, complications following eyelid cyst removal surgery can occur but most people are unaffected. If you experience any of these symptoms – the healing wound becomes more painful or looks red, inflamed or swollen – please call us straight away.
We will talk to you about the possible risks and complications of having this procedure and how they apply to you.
If you have any questions or concerns, we're here to help.
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