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Has anyone done eye surgery to remove a pinguecula?

Has anyone done eye surgery to remove a pinguecula?

Yes: Surgical removal of a pinguecula is possible, but not always necessary. It may be treated with drops as well. Sometimes, no treatment is necessary. ...Read more

Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
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Pinguecula (Definition)

A pinguecula is a raised area of conjunctiva, either nasally or temporally, that is related to uv exposure. In most cases, this condition is managed conservatively, with topical lubricating drops and occasionally topical steroids. However, if the pinguecula is severe, then it can be surgically excised. There is a risk of recurrence, ...Read more


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Can you tell me about eye surgery to remove a pinguecula?

Can you tell me about eye surgery to remove a pinguecula?

Pinguecula surgery: Pinguecula is a very common, abnormal growth of clear covering (conjunctiva) of eye's white part (sclera); not on cornea (window of the eye) which is a pterygium. Surgery usually takes 15-30min: a conjunctival autograft & sometime amniotic membrane is used to prevent recurrence. Pain is minimal for 3-5d depening on extent. Complications very rare: more info: [email protected] Com ...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?

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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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?

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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What is the definition or description of: pinguecula?

What is the definition or description of: pinguecula?

Conjunctival growth: A pinguecula is a raised area of conjunctiva, either nasally or temporally, that is related to uv exposure. In most cases, this condition is managed conservatively, with topical lubricating drops and occasionally topical steroids. However, if the pinguecula is severe, then it can be surgically excised. There is a risk of recurrence, so surgery is uncommon. ...Read more

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If you have pinguecula, can you still wear contact lens?

If you have pinguecula, can you still wear contact lens?

Yes: Yes as long as the contact is not irritating then this is ok. If the pinguicula is irritated by the contact lens and causing discomfort then contact lens wear would not be recommended. ...Read more

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Supposing you have pinguecula, can you still wear contacts?

Usually: Only if you have a very protuberant pinguecula, would this be an issue. Most pinguecula are not very protrub erant and a contact lens will comfortably fit over them. ...Read more

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I really have a miserable pinguecula. What can I do to remove it?

I really have a miserable pinguecula. What can I do to remove it?

Surgery: A minor outpatient procedure can help. There will be minimal pain and almost no downtime. See a corneal specialist for the best result. ...Read more

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Could cephalexin treat pinguecula?

No: Pinguecula are a normal structure sort of like the callus of the eyes. They are no due to infection or caused by infection. Cehalexin is a good antibiotic but will have no effect on pingeucula. Don't waste your money. ...Read more

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I have pinguecula. Is it okay to rub my eyes?

I have pinguecula. Is it okay to rub my eyes?

Gently: Eye rubbing willl usually not affect pinguecula if done sparingly and gently. This rule should be followed in any case, for any decision to rub your eyes whether or not a pinfuecula is the issue. ...Read more

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Could you go blind from having a pinguecula in your eye?

Could you go blind from having a pinguecula in your eye?

No: Pingueculae are normal eye structures and although might in some case be unsightly, they cannot cause blindness. ...Read more

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What causes yellowing of eyes that is not jaundice or pinguecula?

What causes yellowing of eyes that is not jaundice or pinguecula?

A few suggestions: Those would be two major causes but if there is a resolving hemorrhage, then sometimes the blood can go from red to yellow before disappearing. Alternatively, people with light freckles or normal pigmentation (from having dark skin) can have a yellowish looking eye, as well. ...Read more

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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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I think I might have Pinguecula.

Interesting post: This can be confirmed by an eye doc. You can get more from this site if you provide background information on a problem and ask a related question. You posted a statement with no clear question. If my earlier comment does not answer your question you are welcome to start over. Posts are not linked and go to the site at random. ...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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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

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What are the most common symptoms of pinguecula?

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. ...Read more

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Are the symptoms of a pinguecula bad? Any permanent problems?

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. ...Read more

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Can pinguecula be cured if caught early enough and do they ever go on there own?

No: Pingueculae are deposits in the conjunctiva which are degenerative and related to exposure to wind, sun, dust, etc. While they don't go away on their own they usually cause no problems. Rarely they can get inflamed, which can be treated with topical steroids, and rarely they can cause mild irritation, which can be relieved with artificial tears. They can be removed surgically. ...Read more

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Can you get lasik with pinguecula?

Can you get lasik with pinguecula?

Yes: Pinquecula is very common. If considering tiny pinqueculi then almost everyone over age 25 has some. It usually does not interfere with lasik result. If the pinquecula is large and inflammed it is better treated first so the lasik suction ring can seat well. Consult your ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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There's a pinguecula on my sclera. Can this be harmful?

No harm: 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. They are not harmful in any way ...Read more

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Can I use neo poly b sulfates and dexamethasone ophthalmic drops for pinguecula symptoms?

Art. Tears better: I would not use Dexamethasone drops without supervision by an ophthalmologist (they may cause increased pressure in the eyes, may mask infection, etc.) neomycin and polymyxin drops may cause allergic irritation. The moisturizing effect of artificial tears is safest. If the pinguecula cause symptoms in spite of four times a day art. Tears, you should probably see your eye doctor. Y. ...Read more

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After having a pinguecula removed how long will it be until I can resume wearing my contact lenses?

Best to ask: Your surgeon because each case is different. Ball mark would be about 2-3 weeks. But there are situations where a contact lens immediately after surgery is helpful. So, just give the office a call and ask. Take care. ...Read more

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Canyou take cephalexin to treat pinguecula?

Canyou take cephalexin to treat pinguecula?

Generally no: Pinguecula is usually caused by uv radiation. Cephalexin, which is an antibiotic, is not used to treat pingueculas per se, unless one has an associated infection, but even then, one might be prescribed an antibiotic in the form of an eye drop, rather than an oral antibiotic. See comment below. ...Read more

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Could I take cephalexin to treat pinguecula?

No: Pinguecula is a conjunctival degeneration caused by environmental irritants (sunlight/ wind/ dust). Surgical removal is the treatment (if they are treated at all). ...Read more