“Xanthelasma” is the medical term for a fatty, yellowish lump that forms around eyelids. Although these lumps (which contain natural fats, including cholesterol) are usually harmless, they may indicate a serious underlying medical condition that may warrant attention. While cholesterol deposits around the eyes can be surgically removed, usually for cosmetic reasons, they are likely to recur, especially among people with high cholesterol levels.
These soft, flat, yellowish lesions tend to appear near the inner corner of the eye and may remain the same size or grow slowly (sometimes growing together to form larger lumps called “xanthelasmata”). Although they do not hurt and rarely affect vision or eyelid movement, they sometimes cause the eyelid to droop. Moreover, having xanthelasma is linked with abnormal lipid levels in the blood (“dyslipidemia”), which is associated with an increased risk of angina, heart attack, stroke, and peripheral arterial disease.
Eye conditions can have an underlying medical cause or point to a potential medical condition. Our experienced ophthalmologists can help identify xanthelasma and discuss your potential options for removal. If you have this skin condition, you may also want to consider having your cholesterol levels, blood pressure, and additional heart risks checked by your primary care physician.
Schedule an eye examination with Susskind & Almallah Eye Associates today by calling 732-349-5622. We have offices in Marlboro, Toms River, Brick, and Barnegat, New Jersey.