If you have a certain type of eyelid cyst – a chalazion (also called a meibomian cyst) – that does not respond to initial treatments, then it can be removed by minor surgery. This procedure is known as ‘incision and curettage’ and can be carried out under local anaesthetic.
At Circle Health, removal of a chalazion eyelid cyst is performed as a day case procedure by a leading eye surgeon who specialises in this therapy area. The procedure is usually carried out under local anaesthetic. However, children and some adults may require general anaesthetic so this will also be available.
Before your treatment, your consultant will see you a private appointment to carefully assess your individual situation, discuss your treatment options, and explain the details of this surgery.
The procedure itself only takes a few minutes, and usually no scar will be visible. First your consultant will numb your eyelid. They will make a small incision (cut) on the inside of the eyelid to release the contents of the cyst. This is then scraped out. Your consultant will then apply antibiotic ointment or drops. You may also be given an eyepad to wear for up to 24 hours after the surgery.
You should be able to leave the hospital the same day as the procedure. Your consultant may give you ointments to use in the eye for 5 to 10 days after the operation.
You will also receive instructions on how to care for your eye to help it recover, and follow-up appointments with your consultant to check your recovery. After the operation, your eye may be bruised but these bruises should heal within two weeks.
Like any surgery, there are some risks associated with eyelid cyst removal. At Circle Health, your specialist consultant will discuss the individual benefits and risks of this surgery with you.