Lumps and Bumps on the Eyelid: Causes and Solutions

As we age, several skin irregularities can arise in different parts of our bodies, and the eyelids are not an exception. Lumps and bumps in the eyelid area can be a common finding, but not all of them should be ignored. Some of these skin irregularities can be caused by benign growths, while others could be a sign of a more severe health issue. The medical staff at Illinois Eye Center wants to help you understand the most common causes of lumps and bumps on the eyelids and their available treatment options.

Stye and Chalazion

Stye and chalazion are two very similar and somewhat common issues that result in  eyelid lumps. They both occur when the oil glands in the eyelids become infected, causing a tender and red bump, which often looks like a pimple. These conditions don’t usually require medical treatment and can be relieved by applying warm compresses on the affected area several times a day. It should be noted that you should never squeeze or try to pop a stye or chalazion, as infection can spread to other areas of the eye. 

If a stye or chalazion doesn’t improve in a few days of home treatment, call Illinois Eye Center to schedule a visit or walk-in to be seen at EyeCareTODAY at our Peoria location. Our doctors can offer a solution that clear these common conditions in most cases. In very rare instances, surgical intervention may be needed to bring relief.


Xanthelasma is a yellowish, flat, and soft lump that usually appears near the inner corner of the eye. It is often an indicator of high cholesterol levels and may require a medical evaluation. Xanthelasma can be treated with surgical removal, chemical peels, or lasers, which can remove the lump and improve the appearance of the eyelid.

Skin Tags

Skin tags are small benign growths that may appear as lumps or bumps on the eyelids. They are usually not painful or harmful but can be aesthetically displeasing. Skin tags can be removed using surgical excision or snipping procedures, typically performed by one of our specially trained Illinois Eye Center ophthalmologists. 

Cancerous Growths

Although rare, some lumps and bumps in the eyelid area can be cancerous growths, such as basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, or melanoma. These types of growths require immediate medical attention, and an experienced eye doctor can diagnose them and develop a treatment plan. Surgery, radiation, or chemotherapy may be necessary depending on the type and extent of the cancer.

Lumps and bumps on the eyelids can be a common finding, but not all of them should be ignored. Sometimes, these skin irregularities can be an indication of a severe health issue. Early diagnosis and proper treatment are crucial to ensure that these skin irregularities do not cause complications. Adequate eyelid hygiene, including frequent eyelid cleansing, can help prevent the occurrence of some of these lumps and bumps. If you notice any abnormal lumps on your eyelids, you should set an appointment with Illinois Eye Center or utilize our walk-in option, EyeCareTODAY, for a complete diagnosis and appropriate treatment.

Schedule Change - Pekin Clinic

 Illinois Eye Center office in Pekin will be closed during the 12:00pm-1:00pm hour on Wednesday, June 19. This includes the Optical Department. Our Peoria and Washington clinic locations are open for walk-in optical services during this period. EyeCareTODAY is also available at our Peoria location for walk-in exams and urgent eye care.

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