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Question:
My Eye M.D. found a cyst on the surface of my eyeball near the site of a previous cataract surgery done in 2006. It is vascular when viewed by microscopic and hand held camera and seems to be increasing in size. He is scheduling an in-hospital biopsy and removal. What can I expect and can you tell me more about this?

Answer:
While most superficial growths on the eye are benign, a biopsy is the best way to determine if the tissue is a dangerous tumor. This sort of procedure may be done with intravenous sedation and topical anesthesia, or may require other methods. Your Eye M.D. will remove the tissue and send it to a pathologist for definitive diagnosis. Some biopsy sites are closed and others are left open. Treatment varies depending on the diagnosis. You should expect some redness and irritation for at least a few days, and you will have some eye drops to use. Talk to your Eye M.D. about your specific situation to find out details.

Answered by: Aaron Weingeist, MD Dr. Aaron Weingeist

Categories: Eye Conditions, General Eye Health

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Answered: Mar 06, 2013

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