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What is pinguecula?

What is pinguecula?

Yellow eye deposit: A little yellow fatty tissue on either side of the cornea / iris is common in people especially if they have been in the sun a lot. If it grows over the cornea, it is more troublesome and is called a pterygium. ...Read more

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Dr. Patricia Foster
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Pinguecula (Definition)

Sounds like a pinguecula, which is a deposit/build up on the white part of the eye (sclera) due to uv light and dryness of the eyes. You can use artificial tears, and use a cap ...Read more


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Can I pop a pinguecula?

Can I pop a pinguecula?

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. ...Read more

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How to cope with my pinguecula?

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. ...Read more

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What to does if my pinguecula hurt?

Needs evaluation: Pingueculae are a benign reaction of the eye to wind, uv light and dust in the middle years. They do not hurt so if you are having pain from what you think is a pinguecula, then you need to have an ophthalmologist look at it. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of pinguecula?

What are the symptoms of pinguecula?

Pinguecula: Redness and irritation. Usually no symptoms except for yellow spot on the white of eye. A pinguecula, which is a deposit/build up on the white part of the eye (sclera) due to uv light and dryness of the eyes. You can use artificial tears, and use a cap and/or sunglasses when outdoors. If it gets large, constantly irritated (red), or grows over the cornea, you may need medicated drops or surgery. ...Read more

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Has anyone ever treated a pinguecula?

Has anyone ever treated a pinguecula?

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. ...Read more

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What do you recommend for pinguecula?

What do you recommend for pinguecula?

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. ...Read more

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How to remove my pinguecula permanently?

Not necessary: 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. Very rarely they are large enough to be cosmetically a problem - but very rare. If you were to surgically remove a pingueculum at your age, it would grow back. ...Read more

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Does pinguecula usually cause many symptoms?

Does pinguecula usually cause many symptoms?

Redness, irritation: Pinguecula, a benign growth nasally or temporally on the eye starting next to the cornea, is an overgrowth response to wind, dust and sunlight. Small ones generally have no symptoms, but larger ones can look prominent cosmetically. Generally these are left alone but can be removed if obvious but they frequently will regrow. They do not threaten vision. ...Read more