Sebaceous glands are present in the eyelids. They are the oil producing glands. When a gland becomes blocked with sebaceous material this results in a rounded swelling (cyst) in the upper or lower eyelid.
A small cyst may resolve spontaneously. An acutely infected meibomian gland may benefit from Antibiotic Ointment and "hot spoon" bathing.
A large cyst may require incision and drainage. This is a short surgical procedure performed under local anaesthetic.
Important surgery information
Have breakfast before attending the eye unit on the morning of your operation.
Please do not wear any eye make-up on the morning you attend.
You will not be able to drive your car following the procedure so please take someone along to accompany you.
A pad will be applied to your eye - this must be left in place for four hours.
Ointment may be prescribed.
Your eye may be slightly sore and the eyelid may be red or slightly bruised after this procedure.
All information is for reference purposes only; if you have any concerns we recommend that you visit a qualified optician.