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Eyelid Lumps and Cysts (Chalazion)

Eyelid lumps and cysts are very common and most often benign. Most of these conditions are no longer eligible for treatment by the NHS as they are considered to be procedures of low clinical value.

Eyelid Lumps and Cysts (Chalazion)

Most of these lesions can be curetted or excised in the treatment room of the clinic and do not need admission for the procedure.

The area of the eyelid or periocular region is numbed with a local anaesthetic and the lesion is removed. If sutures are required, they will be inserted though often no suture is required and the area heals on its own.

I offer an excision biopsy to all my patients, i.e a pathologist looks at the specimen that was excised under the microscope to ascertain its diagnosis and to make sure that there are no signs of malignancy. This attracts an additional charge. Some patients decide not to have the specimens looked at by a pathologist if the lesion is almost certain to be benign by its behaviour and clinical appearance.

It’s natural to feel anxious when it comes to treatment and surgical procedures especially in relation to your eyes. I encourage you to ask questions about your condition, so I can help you to be better informed of your condition, the treatment options available and allay any fears that you may have. During the consultation I will explain the procedures to you and help you to make positive choices, and remember there is always the option of doing nothing, so you have nothing to worry about.

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Mrs Katya Tambe