Eyelid Biopsy in Huntington Beach
19671 Beach Blvd. Suite 400 Huntington Beach, California 92648
Clarity Eye Group’s state-of-the-art offices are home to some of the best surgeons performing cataract surgery in Orange County / Huntington Beach. In addition to offering cataracts surgery with premium IOLs, such as Crystalens, ReStor and Tecnis Multifocal, these surgeons specialize in treating a variety of eyelid conditions. Some of the patients they treat more often include individuals suffering from ectropion, entropion and eyelid rosacea.
In cases where Clarity Eye Group’s surgeons suspect a growth in the eyelid may be cancerous, a biopsy of the removed tissue may be in order. Under closer examination in a laboratory, the removed eyelid tissue can be determined to be either cancerous or benign. If you have noticed a growth on your eyelid(s), please contact Clarity Eye Group today to schedule a consultation with one of our highly experienced eye surgeons.
What does it mean when I am told I need a biopsy?
When you are told you need an eyelid biopsy, it means there is a growth on your eyelid, the nature of which is not immediately clear. A biopsy is needed to help determine if the growth is cancerous or benign. Our doctors understand that patients who need biopsies may feel distressed about the situation; however, the skilled team at Clarity Eye Group handles each case with the highest level of patient care and keeps you informed at every step.
What does the procedure involve?
Biopsies are performed using a local anesthetic, meaning you will be awake during the procedure. The eyelid will be numbed, allowing for a painless experience. Your Clarity Eye doctor will make a small cut into the growth to remove a tiny sample of it. Some patients may need to have the growth removed entirely to improve vision, or to help determine the cause of the lesion. Depending on your case, one of the following techniques may be used:
Punch biopsy: This technique involves the use of a circular blade to create a tiny hole in the eyelid skin. The core of the lesion is effectively removed.
Excisional biopsy: If you have an excisional biopsy, a scalpel is used to remove the entire growth from the eyelid. A small amount of the surrounding skin may also be removed as a result.
The sample will then be examined in a laboratory to determine if it is cancerous or not.
Will I be able to drive after the procedure?
Following your procedure, you will need to wear a protective eye pad until the next day, unless otherwise instructed by your Clarity Eye doctor. You will not be able to drive yourself home after the biopsy and will need to make arrangements for a ride home.
Are there any risks associated with the procedure?
As with any surgical procedure, there are some risks involved. If you have been recommended for a biopsy, it has been determined that the benefits of the procedure outweigh the potential complications. However, potential complications may include:
Bruising: Some patients may experience some bruising, swelling, or both in the treatment area, but this will subside within a week.
Infection: The risk of infection is minimal; you may receive a special ointment to be used after the procedure to further reduce the risk of infection. You will receive detailed care instructions for avoiding this complication as well as information on what to do if you suspect you have developed an infection.
What happens after my eyelid biopsy?
The sample collected will be thoroughly analyzed for the presence of cancer. Our team will inform you of when you can expect to see final results. Our team will then craft the necessary treatment plan for you.
What is an eyelid tumor?
An eyelid tumor is an abnormal growth in the eye; these growths can be cancerous or benign. There are several types of tumors that can occur around the eyes. Unprotected sun exposure may contribute to the development of skin cancer on the eyelids.