Common Eyelid Bumps

Eyes are one of the most sensitive areas of the body and we tend to notice any pain related to our eyes relatively quickly. Here are a few common eye conditions and symptoms that cause bumps on or around our eyelids. Have more questions? Give our office a call!

I have a red bump near the edge of my eyelid, what is this?

This red bump is likely an infection called a stye. A stye is caused by bacteria entering the base of an eyelash and becoming infected. A stye can be contagious so it is important to wash your hands if you touch your eyes and not share any washcloths or hand towels with others. While a stye can be annoying, you should never pop or poke it. A stye will heal on its own within a few days. A warm washcloth can help to alleviate some of the pain and speed up the healing process.

What is the bump inside my eyelid?

This type of bump is called a chalazion. Chalazions are similar to styes but are found inside the eyelid on an oil gland. This red swollen bump is usually benign and containings fatty secretions that normally help lubricate the eye. Chalazion are not infectious and typically resolve on their own within a few days to a week. A warm compress can help to relieve discomfort and move along the healing process. If you are experiencing pain or discomfort from a chalazion and it does not heal on its own, call our office to make schedule an appointment to talk with your optometrist.

Why does my baby have tiny bumps on and around the eye area?

Milia are the tiny white or yellowish bumps seen around a baby’s eyes. These look similar to a whitehead, but are not acne. Milia occur in clusters and are caused by dead skin cells getting trapped under the surface of the skin. They occur most commonly in babies but can be found on any age. Milia in newborns often resolves on its own within a few weeks. Do not try to pop or remove milia yourself.

Why is my eyelid swollen?

Swollen eyelids occur when there is inflammation or excess fluid surrounding the eye. Eye infections, injuries, trauma, and allergies are the most common causes for swollen eyelid. The cause of the swelling will determine whether or not you experience pain and how long the healing process will take. If you are experiencing swelling surrounding your eye from an unknown cause or for an extended period of time, call our office to schedule an appointment or consult with your doctor.  

Have more questions?

If your eyelid condition or concern does not fit into one of these categories or you have additional questions please call our office to schedule a consultation. Consultations allow us to answer all of your questions and give personalized recommendation for your eye care.