Tumors of the Eyelid

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What Are Tumors of the Eyelid?

Eyelid tumors are abnormal growths found on the lids. These growths may be benign or malignant.  A variety of benign growths occur, including ductal cysts, inclusion cysts, and styes and chalazia. Skin cancer on the eyelid is definitely associated with sun exposure. Many skin cancers can occur on the lid, including basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, meibomian (sebaceous) gland carcinoma and melanoma.


In many cases, there may be no symptoms of eyelid cancer. It may present as a growth on the eyelid or an area of irregularity or loss of lashes. In some cases, pain, discharge or bleeding may occur.  It is important to notify your eye doctor if you notice any changes in the appearance of your eyelids.


The diagnosis of an eyelid tumor is best begun with a careful clinical examination by one of our oculoplastic surgeons, who has special training in eyelid cancers and lid lesions. Photographs may be taken of your eyelids for further evaluation and documentation. A biopsy may be necessary to determine the nature of the eyelid tumor and recommended treatment.


Some benign tumors do not require any treatment. Other tumors may need surgical intervention, medical treatment, or radiation. Depending on the nature and location of the eyelid tumor, one of our oculoplastic surgeons may work together with a Mohs dermatologic surgeon to allow for removal of the cancer and reconstruction of the eyelid area.

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