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what percentage of young adults in america have pingueculas in their eyes?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
5-10%: The incidence and prevalence of pinguecula varies by gender, sun exposure and unknown factors. About 7% of people have or have had the affliction. See this site for more info. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9685008.
Answered on Feb 2, 2014
Dr. Richard Bensinger
51 years experience Ophthalmology
High percentage: Pingueclua are a normal response to wind, dust and uv light. They are the eyes defense in the middle years to these external forces. They have no symptoms and are usually unnoticed. Many are small enough that they can only be seen with a medical microscope. Almost all young adults have some degree of pinguecula even if not obvious in a mirror.
Answered on Jan 4, 2015

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