There is no singular type of eyelid lesion. Any type of abnormal tissue change on the eyelid is considered a lesion. Most lesions are benign (non-cancerous). However, some lesions are malignant (cancerous), hence it is always recommended to have a doctor assess the area. Your doctor may recommend a biopsy just to be on the safe side.
We are honored to have a board-certified ophthalmologist and ophthalmic plastic surgeon on staff who can properly diagnose and treat different types of eyelid lesions. Dr. Valerie H. Chen has extensive experience with these various types of (typically) benign lesions, including but not limited to:
The exact method of eyelid lesion removal depends on the type of lesion and where it is located on your eyelid. In most cases, non-surgical treatment will be recommended first. If that is unsuccessful, Dr. Chen will surgically remove the lesion and may send it off for a biopsy to rule out any type of cancer. Treatment may include:
If surgery is recommended, your eyelid will be numbed to make the procedure more comfortable. You may also be given a relaxation medication, although this is generally not needed. Lesion removal procedures are performed right in our office, and you will return home after the procedure.
Do not attempt to treat the lesion on your own. This could lead to an eye infection or cause your condition to spread (for certain types of lesions).
Here are some general tips to promote a successful procedure:
You will be provided detailed pre-operative instructions in writing by Dr. Chen and her team prior to your procedure.
You may experience some soreness in the treated area for several days after the procedure. Continue using the antibiotic ointments and/or eye drops, as direct bu Dr. Chen, to prevent infection. Using cold compresses on the treated area can also help reduce discomfort. Typically, you will be prescribed an ointment that you will use the week following the procedure. Ointment may get in your eye, it will not cause any damage but can blur your vision due to its thick consistency.
Dr. Chen and her team will provide you with detailed post-operative instructions in writing.
Eyelid lesion removal can help restore self-confidence and even improve your field of vision if the lesion is interfering with your sight. Having your lesion biopsied can also set your mind at ease.