The authors report on the clinical and pathological findings in 8 oncocytic lesions of the ocular adnexa. These tumors may involve the caruncle, the conjunctiva, the lacrimal gland and the lacrimal sac. They are often clinically mistaken for haemangiomas, nevi or cysts. In the present authors series the tumor involved the caruncle in 4 cases, the lacrimal gland in 3 and the conjunctiva in one. The clinical and histopathological findings are presented. The occurrence of a malignant oncocytoma (oxyphilic adenocarcinoma) in a 58-year-old man, an oncocytoma (oxyphilic adenoma) in 18-month-old girl and a cystic oncocytoma in a 76-year-old woman are particularly remarkable findings. They are compared, on the basis of a review of the literature, with 50 previously reported oncocytic lesions of the ocular adnexa, of which only 3 involved the lacrimal gland.