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i have had a small lump on my upper eye lid for a few years now, it is at the base of the first eyelashes on the side of my eye closest to my nose. it doesnt hurt and its not red or inflamed at all. it is large enough to see and it pushes some of my eyelashes down over my eye, it appears to have a small hole in the centre.it is apporx 2-3mm across. what could this be?

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Qualified optometrist Samia Qureshi BSc(Hons) MCOptom answers this question.

This could be a stye.  A stye is blockage of the ducts of the oil glands at the base of your eye lashes.  Some times these can clear up on their own other times they can harden and become a cyst.  This causes the lump you see.  These can be cauterised off if it bothers you.  If it does not bother you it can be left alone.  However you should get this checked by your optometrist to confirm this is a cyst and nothing more serious.

Optician's Biography

Samia Qureshi BSc(Hons) MCOptom qualified as an Optometrist in 1990. She has worked as a director of Specsavers in Motherwell and Wishaw (Lanarkshire) since 2005. She is an examiner for the College of Optometrists and has written papers for the British Contact Lens Association. Over the years she has been involved with pre-registration student training, both locally and nationally.
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