Eyelid cyst surgery

Removal of a typically harmless swelling on the upper or lower eyelid.

Sussex Premier Health offers fast access to eyelid cyst removal, whether it be for cosmetic purposes, or because it is affecting your vision.

An eyelid cyst is caused by an eyelid problem such as a blockage in one of the glands that supplies fluid to lubricate the edge of your eyelid. Removing the cyst involves a minor operation under local anaesthesia. You may have decided you want this procedure because you’re unhappy with the way your cyst makes your eye look or because it droops down into your eye affecting your vision.


Why us

  • Fast access to treatment when you need it
  • Internationally and nationally renowned consultants
  • Clear, inclusive pricing
Typical Hospital Stay


Type of anaesthetic


Covered by health insurance?

You will need to check with your insurance provider.

Procedure duration

20 minutes

Available to self-pay?


Find a consultant at Sussex Premier Health

Mr Manuel Saldana

Consultant Ophthalmologist and Oculoplastic Surgeon

Mr Pieter Gouws

Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon

Mr John Pereira

Consultant Plastic Surgeon

Mr Mark Pickford

Consultant Plastic Surgeon

Your initial consultation

At Sussex Premier Health, you’ll meet your consultant in one of our private consultation rooms. During this time you will be able to explain your medical history symptoms and raise any concerns that you might have. Your consultant will examine your cyst and recommend any treatment recommendations for you.

We will also discuss with you whether any further diagnostic tests such as scans or blood tests are needed. Any additional costs will be discussed before further tests are carried out.

The procedure

Eyelid cysts are usually removed in a minor operation under local anaesthesia. During the operation the eyelid is carefully turned inside out and a small instrument is placed over the cyst to hold it secure. The cyst is then cut and scraped away and the wound washed with salt (saline) solution.

Once the operation is over antibiotic ointment will be applied to the wound and then your eye will be covered with a protective eye pad to keep the eye shut.

The operation usually takes about 20 minutes and the cyst may be sent to a laboratory to examine the tissue.


Eyelid cyst removal surgery is routinely performed as a day case so you won’t need to stay overnight in hospital and can go home as soon as you’re ready. Your sight won’t be affected but as you will be wearing an eye pad you should arrange for someone to drive you home.

Before you go home your nurse may give you antibiotic ointment to take with you. They will show you how to use it and give you advice about caring for your healing eye.


eye test regularly

Your consultant who you met at your initial consultation.

All of our consultants are on the specialist register of the General Medical Council (GMC) and many are also members of the UK’s leading cosmetic and plastic surgery associations.

Your consultant will discuss any preparations you may need to make. You will also have an appointment with one of our pre-assessment nurses who will discuss any medication you are taking and any concerns you may have.

After surgery your eyelid might be a little sore bruised and swollen.

If you need to please take painkillers as advised by the hospital.


After eyelid cyst removal surgery your consultant will advise you on how to make your recovery as quick as possible.

You should avoid swimming until your consultant tells you it is safe for you to resume. You can remove the eye pad after two hours or leave it on overnight if that feels more comfortable.

As with all medical treatments complications following eyelid cyst removal surgery can occur but most people are unaffected.

Please contact us straight away if you experience any of these symptoms:

  • the healing wound becomes more painful
  • if it looks red inflamed or swollen

Your consultant will talk to you about the possible risks and complications of having this procedure and how they apply to you.

If you have any questions or concerns please talk to us, we’re here to help.

Interested in finding out more?

Speak to a member of our team

Phone01424 757400

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