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White spot on the rim of lower lid


I have just noticed a little (half a mm in diameter) white spot/cyst on the rim of my lower, right eyelid. I already have one that has been there for a year now and does not worry me. Should I be worried? What should I do about it?

Answer Written answer:

It is probably just a cyst and will do you no harm.  A warm compress like a face flannel is the best treatment. Use it as a compress until it goes cool, and gently message the lid. There are lots of glands at the edge of your bottom and top lid, and they can easily get blocked. A warm compress and wiping the edge of the lids gently from the nose outwards once a day is a good idea if you are prone to this problem.

We recommend you seek professional advice if you are concerned about your eye health:

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Optician's Biography

Simon Kay BSc(Hons) MCOptom has been a qualified Optometrist for over 35 years, and has a vast experience of almost all aspects of optometry. He joined Specsavers Opticians in 1993 first in Liverpool and for 15 years as a director of Lancaster and Morecambe. He served on many panels and committees whilst a director, including those responsible for IT design and professional advancement. He was regional chairman of the North West directors of Specsavers for over 12 years and as such was involved in almost all aspects of optometry on a business and professional level. He has been involved on the Local Optical Committee for many years and is currently Vice Chairman in his area.
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