3 Potential Causes of Lumps on Your Eyelids

You wake up in the morning and stumble into the bathroom, still only half awake. As you brush your teeth, you raise your head to look in the mirror, and you’re surprised to see a lump on your eyelid.

You aren’t sure what it is or where it came from, or even what to do about it. Thankfully, the experts at Accent Vision Specialists have dealt with thousands of these cases over the years. Eyelid lumps and bumps come in many different forms, ranging from the small and insignificant to large and painful. 

Here’s what you need to know about three potential causes of lumps on your eyelids.


Milia are tiny white cysts that can grow on your eyelids, nose, cheeks, and face. They show up in both kids and adults, and though they aren’t painful, they do change your appearance.

Milia occur when dead cells get trapped under your skin. You should not try to pop or remove them or scrape them off — they will usually go away on their own. You could try an exfoliating treatment such as salicylic acid to get rid of dead skin cells.


Chalazia may be the most common type of eyelid bump. They can grow on the underside of your eyelid, behind your eyelashes, or on the upper part of your eyelid. They are usually caused when an oil gland in your eyelid gets blocked or swollen. Chalazia can grow up to the size of a pea, but they usually do not hurt. They’re most common in adults aged 30-50.


Styes are bumps that look like a pimple or blister. They usually form along the outer edge of your eyelid and are generally painful. They occur because of a bacterial infection, and you can experience light sensitivity, teary eyes, and swollen eyelids due to styes. You should never try to poke or squeeze a stye — this can make the problem worse. Warm compresses can sometimes speed healing and help the pain.

If your bump is large and painful and doesn’t clear up quickly, you should go see your eye doctor. They can give you an antibiotic, if necessary, and in severe cases, they can drain the bump. If your bump appears to be changing size or shape, or if it’s an unusual color, you should also see your doctor.

You can’t completely eliminate the chances of a lump forming on your eyelids, but you can lower your odds with a few simple steps:

If you have a lump on your eyelid you want checked out, or if you have any eye or vision questions, feel free to call Accent Vision Specialists to set up an appointment!

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