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The formation of a pimple in the eye is a quite annoying situation that can cause a lot of pain, even during the days before it appears. They normally form on the skin of the eyelid, they can appear several at the same time and it is a very common reason to visit the ophthalmologist.

The pimples in the eye contain pus inside it from debris, makeup residue or bacteria that have concentrated in a pore of the skin. However, they are harmless lesions that usually disappear over time on their own.

Have you ever had a pimple on your eye? In Advanced Ophthalmology Area We explain why they form and what to do when they appear.

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What is a pimple on the eye?

The White pimples on the eyes form on the upper and lower eyelid skin but they can also appear in any other part of the epidermis.

The eyelid, despite being a very delicate tissue, is made up of the same structures as the rest of the body's skin and, therefore, is sensitive to suffering any dermatological infection.

In the event that a small grain appears inside the eye or a grain in the tear, we must go to the ophthalmologist to examine the lesion and determine if it is a pimple, a orzuelo or an chalazion.

Any bulge or strange body that affects the eyelidsIt is reason enough to visit a visit with the ophthalmologist.

Pimple in the eye: causes

A pimple in the eye can appear for various causes, but generally, these injuries are caused by the accumulation of waste, residues, grease and makeup in the pores of the skin.

The causes of pimples in the eyes are:

  • Inadequate eyelid cleaning It can stimulate the accumulation of fat, residue and makeup on the skin of the eyelids.
  • Papilloma It is a virus that infects the skin and usually manifests as a pimple or wart. These types of pimples on the eye are not dangerous to health, but they must be controlled so that they do not increase in size and cause problems with vision.
  • The xanthelasmas with small yellow spots. They appear on the skin of the eyelid due to high blood cholesterol levels.
  • Cysts that occur when a fat bag has not been able to drain to the outside and is absorbed by the body. Generally, they do not represent a health problem, but they are very unsightly.

Identify a pimple on the eyelid

Many times, we think that we have a pimple in the eye and it turns out that it is another type of injury. This is because it is very easy to confuse a grain with a stye and, in turn, a stye with a chalazion.

Styes are very painful, red bumps that can form on the outer edge of the eyelid (external stye) or inside the eyelid (internal stye), more specifically under the skin. Unlike pimples in the eye, styes are formed by infection of a oil gland or a hair follicle.

They are very common and usually disappear by themselves after 10 days. If not, that ball on the eyelid may be a cystic stye or a chalazion.

On the other hand, a chalazion is a kind of cyst that forms under the skin of the eyelid due to infection and tamponade of a meibomian gland. Remember that the Meibomian glands are responsible for producing the lipid component of the tear film.

To differentiate all these palpebral lesions, we can affirm that:

  • Pimples in the eye commonly form outside the eyelid.
  • Styes can form on the lid edge and inside the eyelid. They are pimple-shaped, painful, and can inflame the entire eyelid.
  • Chalazion is a lump that does not look like a pimpleIt is not painful and forms only under the eyelid. Also, it rarely causes inflammation of the eyelid.

How to remove a pimple in the eye?

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The first thing you should do when a pimple forms on your eye is go to the ophthalmologist. The specialist will examine the eyelid lesion to confirm that it is a pimple and not a cyst or a major infection such as a uveitis.

Most of the time the pimples in the eye disappear on their own over the days. However, the treatment we usually use for these injuries is to apply hot packs on the eyelid to stimulate circulation and grain drainage. Ideally, apply them at least three times a day for 15 minutes.

When you have a pimple on the eyelid, it is important to keep the following tips in mind so that the injury heals quickly:

  • Follow medical indications to the letter.
  • Do not apply any type of ointment, cream or lotion to the grain. The skin of the eyelids is very delicate and can react negatively to any cosmetic, so it is important not to self-medicate.
  • Do not touch your eyes with dirty hands.
  • No makeup.
  • Disinfect the contact lenses and its case.
  • Do not wear contact lenses until the pimple is gone.

If the inflammation continues after 10 days, it is important to return to the ophthalmologist to examine the lesion again.

In some cases, it may be necessary remove the grain to drain the pus and fight inflammation. This procedure is quite simple and is performed in the doctor's office under the effects of topical anesthesia.

Remember that in Advanced Ophthalmology Area We attend all kinds of eye emergencies, so do not hesitate to contact us if you need an appointment with a specialist. We are happy to help you!

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Dr. Javier Fernández García. Oculoplasty Unit Director

Dr. Javier Fernández García. Oculoplasty Unit Director

Surgeon ophthalmologist. Head of the Oculoplasty Unit at Advanced Ophthalmology Area
Ophthalmologist and surgeon specializing in reconstructive and aesthetic surgery of the eyelids, orbit and lacrimal duct. Currently head of the Oculoplasty Unit in the Advanced Ophthalmological Area and head of the Ophthalmology Service at the Can Misses Hospital in Ibiza. Among his merits, there are numerous presentations at national and international conferences as well as a stay in the city of Los Angeles, with Dr. Eli Chang, an oculoplastic ophthalmologist at the Doheny Eye Institute (University of South California). His area of ​​interest is reconstructive surgery of the eyelids and orbital structure, especially in the dysfunctions of the opening and closing mechanism of the eyelid as well as in cases of alterations in tear drainage, being one of the pioneers in minimally invasive surgery assisted with To be. He is a member of the Spanish Society of Ocular and Orbital Plastic Surgery and the European Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
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