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Eye cysts — small, tender swellings — are a common problem, typically caused by a blocked oil gland or inflamation around its opening. These glands sit just behind your eyelashes, so eye cysts tend to develop in the eyelid area.

The medical name for an eye cyst is a chalazion or meibomian cyst, while the name for inflammation of the eyelid is blepharitis. The size of a cyst can vary between people.

At our skin clinic, we can also discharge your eye cyst for you. A tiny cut is made, under local anaesthetic, and the fluid gently emptied. We will then give you some aftercare advice to prevent infection or complications afterwards.

Eye cyst removal frequently asked questions

  • An eye cyst is a small lump that forms along the eyelid. It contains liquid, or sometimes semi-solid material. It can feel sore and look unsightly, but won’t affect your vision.

  • Sometimes, you can treat the problem at home with an eye bag, which is heated in the microwave and simply placed on the affected area. You can also treat blepharitis, or eyelid inflammation, with over-the-counter products. However, in some cases, part of the cyst remains for weeks or even months after self-treatment. That’s why we recommend having eye cyst removal treatment at our Inverness skin clinic.

  • Emma herself is an Ophthalmic Nurse Practitioner and frequently carries out the treatment. A Nurse Practitioner is a Registered Nurse (RN) with specialist training in a particular area. They’re able to diagnose, treat and educate people without the need for a Doctor.

  • No, the area shouldn’t scar, and you won’t need stitches to close the cyst afterwards. However, some bruising can occur in and around the area, though this typically passes in a few days.

  • There’s a chance the oil glands could become infected or further inflamed, which could cause further problems down the line. However, in some cases, eye cysts can clear up on their own.

“Professional, friendly and very pleased with treatment. Would definitely recommend.”

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