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A 24-year-old member asked:

are the symptoms of a pinguecula bad? any permanent problems?

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Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology 42 years experience
No, mainly dryness: Pingueculae are areas of elastoic degeneration or sun damage on the conjunctiva. They rarely present any permanent problems, but can be irritating because they dry out more than normal conjunctiva. Lubricant drops help, and if very bothersome, a short course of topical low dose steroid drops can be used.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Rare a problem: 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 Rarely they might get very large and unsightly. They do not cause any permanent problems.

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A 40-year-old member asked:

What are the most common symptoms of pinguecula?

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Dr. LUIS IRIZARRY
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Pingiicula: No symptom. Irritation. Redness. Vision change if get bigger (pterigium) and goes over pupil. Usually on the inside side if cornea edge. Sunglasses may help prevent direct uv ray exposure. Surgery only if having significant symptoms.
A member asked:

What do you recommend for pinguecula?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Depends: Pinguecula are benign growths on the eye nasally or temporally to the cornea. Many are small and cause no problems. Some are larger, or growing and can cause irritation and redness of the eyes. A few may grow so far towards the center of the cornea that they threaten vision. The only treatment is surgical removal. See your ophthalmologist to evaluate these.
A 40-year-old member asked:

Can I pop a pinguecula?

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Dr. Ester Kwok
Internal Medicine 32 years experience
No: A pinguecula is a fibrous overgrowth on the surface of the eyeball, in the whites of the eyeball. You do not want to scratch the eyeball. Perhaps you don't mean a pinguela, but a rather you mean a stye or chalazion which are infections or pimples occurring in the eyelid. Those are treated with warm compresses and antibiotics.
A 29-year-old member asked:

How to cope with my pinguecula?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Not serious: Pinguecula are the eyes way of dealing with environmental wind, and light and irritation. They are yellowish structures in the open space next to the cornea and are not pathological. They will not affect vision or the health of the eye. They can be removed if very prominent but they are there because the eye wants them for protection.
A 42-year-old member asked:

Has anyone ever treated a pinguecula?

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Dr. Louis Krenn
Family Medicine 20 years experience
No: A pinguecula is a non-cancerous growth on the conjunctiva of the eye. Usually no treatment is needed, but if necessary there are eye drops your doctor may use to treat it. If necessary, an eye specialist can remove this surgically as well.

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