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    Cyst in upper eyelid

    I have developed a swelling in my upper left eyelid .
    I went to my GP today who said it was a cyst - I am very unsure whether to believe her
    It is a red odematous area along the lid margin with a swelling in the middle and it hurts to touch it
    She says it should go down on its own but gave me chloramycetin ointment to use on the lid margin - which i dare not use at the moment -with my history of allergies
    I asked if it was a blocked gland and she said no - a blocked hair follicle
    I DO HOPE SHE IS RIGHT
    I feel very anxious about it since i need to do my eyelid hygiene and hope it is not connected with my MGD - or worse -that i hav'nt injured my glands being too rough with them
    Anyone any ideas or experience anything similar??
    Thanks

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    My problems all started with a cyst, I've gotten worse since and my eye doctor is clueless. Hopefully I'm moving to a country that has more doctors later this year as I'm at a loss. I think there must be a connection with cysts and problems....

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    Hi Stella,

    You may have read my story regarding my 'cyst', 'bump', 'tumor', etc. If not, here is the link. If you have plugs, you will find this of great interest...

    http://www.dryeyezone.com/talk/showt...highlight=Judy

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    Is it a sty? Not sure if there is a difference between a cyst and a sty?
    Don't trust any refractive surgeon with YOUR eyes.

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    Thanks for your replies- supportive as ever !
    Judy i did read your v interesing post on the plug that had migrated
    I dont have plugs so that is not a possibility
    As usual i have diagnosed myself from the internet
    Lucy - I looked up styes and a sty is a swelling of the hair follicle
    A chalazion is a swelling of one of the mebomian glands ,and that is what i think i must have ,since it is common in MGD and blepharitis
    So my GP is probably wrong as she says it is a swelling of the hair follicle
    I could prove it one way or the other by going to my optometrist - He does digital photography of the eyes and was able to demonstrate my blocked glands before i was diagnosed
    That would cost a bit, and since the treatment is the same for both ie hot compresses and antibiotic ointment if infected, maybe i will just see if it goes away
    Chalazions go away in 8 to 16 weeks - That is a long time
    However i am relieved that it does not cause me very much additional discomfort and i can do my usual eyelid hygiene without problems - except it gets v red immediately after
    In fact after reading about it i think i should increase my eyelid hygiene to at least twice a day
    I have not dared use the chloraycetin ointment to the lid margin yet - I am sooo allergic to anything in my eyes
    At the moment it itches like crazy so maybe it is healing ;(or maybe it is just an increase in the usual prickle and itch of the old blepharitis)
    Who knows - I am not so panicky now i know what it is and have a plan of action if it does'nt go away
    My main worry was that i had been over zealous in my eyelid care and caused trauma but i dont think that is the case
    I may try a solution of sodium bicarbonate (one teaspoonful to a pint of boiled water - It keeps a week in the fridge)as that is suggested in this article www.goodhope.org.uk eyelid bumps

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    Stella,

    Is your "cyst" on the outside of your lid or inside? I had a chalazion once and you could see the bump from the outside, but its origin was on the inside.

    Good luck treating it, whatever it is. I'm sure it will go away...it's just one more darned thing.

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    Hi Dianat
    Mine is exactly as you describe - visible on the outside as a bump but deep inside the eye lid ,that is why i dont think it is a sty
    How long did it take for yours to disappear?

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    Just an update -
    I thnk its starting to go down and I was able to use a tiny amount of chloramycetin ointment on the upper lid margin and outer eyelid without any bad side effects - In fact it felt good and soothing so I may continue to use this on my lid magins since we cant get erythramycin eye ointment in GB and I have always been on the lookout for something to reduce the bacterial load and to lubricate the lids which feel sooo dry
    I wonder what if any are the longterm effects of using chloramycetin on the lids ? It is'nt anti inflammatory like doxy but it is antibiotic of course
    Any one tried this ?

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    I know nothing of the medication you are using. I do think your bump sure sounds like a chalazion, but that's only because I've had both sties and chalazion and if there are any other similar conditions, I haven't had it yet!

    Hot compresses should help if it is a chalazion. My ophthalmologist surgically removed my chalazion, but I know of no others who have had them removed. My aunt had to just wait until it went away using hot compresses. It drove her crazy and even affected her vision. I was lucky to have had mine cut out. It was extremely uncomfortable.

    Best of luck with it. Anyone with MGD is probably pretty darned likely to see a chalazion at some point.

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    Further update
    My chalazion is almost gone ! within aweek !
    Cant believe it - It must be the chloramycetin ointment i used on the lids
    Dianat - You may know this as chloramphenicol It seems to classed with the tetracyclines and is described as a broad spectrum anti-microbal antibiotic and can be used for certain anaerobic infections
    I would say a chalazion is anaerobic (the bugs are closed in and not open to the air )
    Anyway i am posting this to encourage anyone with this problem to try chloramycetin(chloramphenicol) eye ointment on the lids and lid margins - It certaily seems to have worked big time for me
    It is v commonly used here in the UK for eye infections

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    Good for you! I'm glad you are improving nicely.
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    Unhappy cyst in upper eyelid

    Hi,

    I have a cyst in my upper eyelid- it is not painful what so ever, however it is hard and not very nice to look at it. I have had it in my upper eyelid for past 6 months. I thought it would go away on it's own but it is still there. Can anyone help with a remedy? It is wierd because it looks almost invisible in the morning but as the day goes on it appears more prominent..?

    I would appreciate any help with this as it is affecting my self-confidence

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    Have you gone to see a Docor.

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    hi

    Yes I have gone to see a doctor and they have said i need surgery but i wanted to know if anyone has got rid of a cyst without surgery? I have a fear of anything to do with hospitals- never had any treatment in my life in hospital, so if anyone knows a way i can treat this myself that would be very helpful?

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    Were you told what kind of cyst it is? And when you say that you `need' surgery, do you mean that its removal is essential - or that surgery is the only way of getting rid of the cyst - but it isn't serious.

    I once had something called a Cyst of Moll removed from my lower eyelid. It was painless but it looked unsightly. I don't recall it looking different throughout the day but I know I felt very self conscious about it when I was talking to people.

    I decided to get it removed. I was in the clinic for a couple of hours and then had to wear an eye patch for a day - but I was fine. Of course it isn't a fun day out but compared to some of the stuff I have had done to my eyes...it wasn't bad.

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    I agree with Irisheyes, it depends on what kind of cyst it is.

    I've done it both ways...got rid of a chalazion through compresses and gland expression, and also had one removed surgically because I (mistakenly) thought it was the cause of eye pain I was experiencing at the time.

    But it really does depend on the clinical diagnosis - is it a "could" or a "must"?

    only way to find out is to ask a specialist.

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    The GP said it was a meibomium cyst and that I could leave it there if i didnt want surgery- but it us noticeable so i do want to get rid of it. It is inside my upper eyelid so i cant see it if i invert my eyelid.

    I have read lots of reviews on the uses of epsom salts for cysts- should i give this a try? I don't know if it's a good idea to try and draw the cyst out, am afriad it going to get worse.

    I'm seeing a specialist next week- i'll let you know what he says.

    Eva b- what is gland expression? I tried hot compresses but it seems like it makes the cyst worse- it appears larger and slightly red? Maybe this is supposed to happen as the hot compresses is supposed to draw it out i guess.

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    The GP said it was a meibomium cyst and that I could leave it there if i didn't want surgery- but it us noticeable so i do want to get rid of it. It is inside my upper eyelid so i cant see it if i invert my eyelid.

    I have read lots of reviews on the uses of Epsom salts for cysts- should i give this a try? I don't know if it's a good idea to try and draw the cyst out, am afraid it going to get worse.

    I'm seeing a specialist next week- I'll let you know what he says.

    Eva b- what is gland expression? I tried hot compresses but it seems like it makes the cyst worse- it appears larger and slightly red? Maybe this is supposed to happen as the hot compresses is supposed to draw it out i guess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by london_85 View Post

    Eva b- what is gland expression? I tried hot compresses but it seems like it makes the cyst worse- it appears larger and slightly red? Maybe this is supposed to happen as the hot compresses is supposed to draw it out i guess.
    gland experession is literally squeezing the meibomian glands inside the eyelids (from the outside of course - they don't turn the lids inside out) to get the sluggish, thick fluid moving and prevent it clogging and forming cysts. It has certainly helped me prevent recurrences and keep them functioning.

    Unfortunately, not many docs are prepared to do this procedure - it's time consuming and I guess they just don't make much money from it. I know Dr Latkany in NY does it.

    Hot compresses can certainly help to soften and meibomian cyst and draw it out - although once it's got past a certain stage I don't know how possible thaat is. Your specialist should be able to give you better info.

    best of luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by london_85 View Post
    The GP said it was a meibomium cyst and that I could leave it there if i didn't want surgery- but it us noticeable so i do want to get rid of it. It is inside my upper eyelid so i cant see it if i invert my eyelid.

    I have read lots of reviews on the uses of Epsom salts for cysts- should i give this a try? I don't know if it's a good idea to try and draw the cyst out, am afraid it going to get worse.

    I'm seeing a specialist next week- I'll let you know what he says.

    Eva b- what is gland expression? I tried hot compresses but it seems like it makes the cyst worse- it appears larger and slightly red? Maybe this is supposed to happen as the hot compresses is supposed to draw it out i guess.
    I know it's been awhile since you last posted about your cyst but I just wanted to know if you were able to get rid of it? Did you opt for surgery? Or did you end up using a completely different method? thankss

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