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. Many skin cancers can occur on the lid, including basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, meibomian (sebaceous) gland carcinoma, and melanoma. Benign lesions may cause irritation and inflammation. Depending on the location of the lesion, your vision can be affected. Skin cancer may cause no symptoms. However, 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.

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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