There are many reasons you may have a bump on or around your eye.  The most common ones are on, or under the lids and are called:

  • stye: a small, red, painful lump that grows from the base of your eyelash or under the eyelid due to an infected oil gland or hair follicle.  A stye may cause the eye to feel sore and scratchy.
  • chalazion:  a small, slow-growing lump or cyst that develops within the eyelid.  They are not usually painful and rarely last longer than a few weeks.  They develop when a meibomian gland at the edge of an eyelid becomes blocked or inflamed.  A chalazion can sometimes develop into a stye.

For the best treatment outcome, consult your local optometrist.