The itchy feeling and red sore eyelid can be the most irritating thing. It is known as an eyelid bump and can be painful while hampering your vision. The thin muscle layer of the eyelid covering is done by conjunctiva on the inner side and skin on the outer side. Both sides are attached with the help of tarsal plates. Eyelid bump happens when there is any lump that affects the normal contour of the eyelid. It takes place because of bacterial infection.

4 Types of Eyelid bumps

Types of Eyelid bumps are as under the following-

  1. Styes– Most occurrences are termed as styes, for they crop up on the eyelid’s outer rim like a pimple. It looks red like a blister and is painful. This kind of eyelid bump is termed an external hordeolum
  2. Chalazia– These blisters grow behind the eyelashes. It is more significant than a stye and can be recurring. It finds its place on the upper eyelid.
  3. Xanthelasma – Some eyelid bumps look yellowish. These are due to the assimilation of plague under the skin. They occur near the nose and are soft and tender.
  4. Milia– Milia or Milium (in plural) is a whitish eyelid bump. It happens amongst the children. They are known by the names like milk spot or oil seed.

Symptoms of Eyelid bumps

The common symptoms of eyelid bumps are as follows-

  • Watery eyes
  • Itchy sensation in the eyes
  • Blurry vision
  • Change in the colour of the sclera (white part of the eye)
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Continuous discharge from the eye
  • Pain in the eyelid area
  • Eyelid turning red
  • Development of blister in the eyelid area

Undermining any conditions can pose a problem from a stye or milia. A visit to a doctor will ease the pain and treat it with the proper medication.

Causes for Eyelid bumps

The causes of eyelid bumps are different for different kinds of eyelid bumps like

  • Stye causes– A stye happens when there is an infection in the eyelid oil gland. As a result, the eyelash follicle is inflamed, resulting in a swollen bump on the eyelid. 
  • Xanthelasma causes– This kind of eyelid bump happens in people who have a liver disorder known as primary biliary cirrhosis. In addition, people with dermatosis, contact dermatitis, and erythroderma are prone to Xanthelasma eyelid bumps. 
  • Chalazion causes– It is a large and stiff version of a stye. It happens due to blockage of the meibomian gland present in the tiny part of the eyelid. 
  • Milia causes- This eyelid bump happens when the dead cells get trapped under the skin. 
When to See a Doctor

When the eyelid bump persists longer, it is best to consult a doctor for an appropriate diagnosis. One might see the change in the colour of the lump from the usual red to dark red. It is time to visit a physician. 

Consult a specialist doctor at any Yashoda hospital and get your eyelid bump evaluated.


It is suggested to visit a doctor when an eyelid bump takes place. It helps to clear the lump and eases the recovery. Timely consultation can eradicate the chances of the seriousness of the problem. Prolonging and recurrent occurrences of the lumps need medical attention, and a lifestyle change can lower the chances of eyelid bumps. If you are unsure what type of eyelid bump you have, book a free appointment to consult any of the 700+ specialist doctors at Yashoda Group of Hospitals. With 9 hospitals serving patients for over three decades, you can be assured of the best treatment at any Yashoda Hospital. Click here to get a consultation now.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Eyelid Bump

You can expect the eyelid bumps to last a fortnight to a month. Consulting a physician at the right time may reduce the time frame.

Eyelid lump terms depend upon the kind of lump and the cause for it. For example, terms like stye, Chalazia, Xanthelasma, and Milia are for eyelid bump issues.

A stye is due to an infection on the upper and lower eyelid. The size is like a pimple and can be contagious.
A chalazion is caused due to blockage in the oil gland on the inside of the eyelid. It is larger than a stye and not contagious.

Yes, insufficient sleep and stress can cause a stye due to deposition on the inner side of the eyelids or excessive dryness of the eyes causing a stye.

Styes are not contagious unless direct transmission of germs through a towel, handkerchief, or pillow. Contrary to a popular myth, staring directly at someone with a stye does not cause a stye.

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