Xanthelasma palpebrarum is the yellow plaque of cholesterol evident on the eyelids or periorbital area. It tends to occur in the medial aspects of the eye – that is the area closer to the inner canthus or towards the nose. It is also more common on the upper eyelid although it may occur on both sides and on both upper and lower eyelids simultaneously. These plaques, often described as lumps, are soft or semi-solid. It may become a bit harder in prolonged cases.
Xanthelasma Picture from Wikimedia Commons
Xanthomas, which are cholesterol deposits in the skin at the pressure spots like knees, elbows, heels and buttocks, are also often present along with xanthelasma palpebrarum.