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Bone spur on lower eye socket
Posted by: John H. Smead
Date: December 23, 2000 5:00 AM

I am finding a bone lump on my right eye's lower bone socket. I don't think it's a cyst. I can't find the lump being in the skin beneath the eye, but on the bone itself. Would wearing swim goggles when swimming over the past 25 years cause this? Should I have it evaluated?

RE: Bone spur on lower eye socket
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: December 25, 2000 12:41 AM

Swim goggles would not necessarily cause this, although it could play a role as can any consistent pressure on a bone surface. Yes, have it evaluated. It is most likely an "exostosis, " (a harmless growth of bone in an unusual location) but one should always have this type of thing checked out to be on the safe side.

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