Tick infestation of the eyelid

Am J Ophthalmol. 1998 Feb;125(2):263-4. doi: 10.1016/s0002-9394(99)80107-x.


Purpose: To report the rare occurrence of tick infestation of the eyelid margin.

Methods: A 58-year-old woman was initially examined with a small yellow lesion of the left upper eyelid margin that appeared after she felt a sting near her eye. Close examination disclosed an insect body attached to the eyelid margin. En bloc excision of the insect with part of the eyelid was performed.

Result: Gross examination of the specimen identified the organism as the nymph stage of a bloated tick of the genus Hyalomma but of an uncertain species.

Conclusion: Ticks (Hyalomma) can become embedded in the meibomian gland orifice and manifest as a mass at the eyelid margin.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Bites and Stings / parasitology*
  • Bites and Stings / pathology
  • Bites and Stings / surgery
  • Eye Infections, Parasitic / parasitology*
  • Eye Infections, Parasitic / pathology
  • Eye Infections, Parasitic / surgery
  • Eyelid Diseases / parasitology*
  • Eyelid Diseases / pathology
  • Eyelid Diseases / surgery
  • Eyelids / parasitology*
  • Eyelids / pathology
  • Eyelids / surgery
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Tick Infestations / parasitology*
  • Tick Infestations / pathology
  • Tick Infestations / surgery
  • Ticks*