Q. What causes caruncle in the eyes?

Answered by
Dr. Muhammad Zargham Ali Malik
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Nov 22, 2022

Hi doctor,

I have something white in the inner corner of my eye. It appeared about two weeks ago, but it is not itchy, with no swelling and no pus coming out of it.

My eyes do get tired and dry quite often.

Can you tell me what it could be? I am going to attach a photo, too.

Thank you.



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I have gone through the attached image (attchment removed to protect the patient's identity). It seems to be a small mass in the caruncle of the eye.

If it is irritating, it can be removed.

Do hot compresses and use Fucithalmic (antibiotic) eye gel. If it is still there, then better to be excised.

Thank you.

Hi doctor,

Thank you for your answer.

Why did it appear there, and does it have a name?



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If it is painful, then it is carunculated.

If painless, then most probably, it is a cyst at the caruncle.

Causes may be infection and dryness.

Thank you.

The Probable causes:

The probable cause is dryness and infection.

Investigations to be done:

A physical examination has to be done.

Differential diagnosis:

The differential diagnosis is cyst mass and infection.

Probable diagnosis:

The probable diagnosis is a cystic lesion.

Treatment plan:

Give hot compresses with Fucithalmic (antibiotic) eye gel.

Preventive measures:

Use Lubricants and sunglasses.

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