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Cyst on eyeball?

12/04/2007

Question:

I have a small, red spot about the size of a grain of sand on my eyeball. It is hard, but not bothersome when I blink. My optometrist said it could be a cyst & referred me to an opthamologist. I am concerned & have scheduled the appointment. Can you tell me more about this?

Answer:

A cyst on the eyeball is usually located within the conjunctiva, which is a thin, clear tissue that covers the white part of the eye as well as the inside of the eyelids. A cyst is a fluid-filled mass that may be a result from trauma or inflammation and is usually benign in nature. It is important to keep the appointment with the ophthalmologist, so he or she may accurately diagnose the small, red spot on your eye.

 

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Response by:

Julia Rae Geldis, OD, MS Julia Rae Geldis, OD, MS
Clinical Associate Professor of Optometry
College of Optometry
The Ohio State University