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pinguecula 3.LRG

 by Michael Duong, O.D., F.A.A.O

A pinguecula is a yellowish slightly raised bump that appears on the white part of the eye.  It is most commonly found between the colored part of the eye and the corner closest to the nose.  This is caused by thickening of the conjunctiva that covers the white part of the eye.

What causes the pinguecula to form?

  • UV radiation
  • Dust and wind
  • Dry eyes

 

Signs and Symptoms

Most people that have pinguecula do not have symptoms and no treatment is required.  If the pinguecula becomes swollen, the condition is called pingueculitis.  Symptoms include redness, burning, stinging and dry eyes.  Treatment includes artificial tears and steroid eye drops to reduce the amount of swelling and inflammation.  Surgical treatment can be considered  if the pinguecula interferes with contact lens wear or causes excessive irritation and dryness. 

 Prevention

Sunglasses that block UV rays can prevent pinguecula from forming and progressing.  Wrap around sunglasses can be considered to provide excellent coverage and provide protection from dust and wind. Lubricating eye drops can be used when the eyes are irritated and dry.  

Comments   

0 #2 Michael Duong 2019-06-10 17:05
Great question. I would recommend you see your optometrist for an evaluation. If it is a pinguecula like in the picture above, you want to make sure to wear sunglasses to prevent it from getting larger and use artificial tears to prevent drying. - Michael Duong OD
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0 #1 Shakil 2019-06-09 21:13
Hi there,ive currently got a yellow spot on my eye similar to the picture.ive had it for almost a year and it has strated on my eye on the same position near the nose.what do you think i have and what can i do to prevent it
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Optometrist, San Ramon, Optometric Center & Eyewear Galleria

2551 San Ramon Valley Blvd.
Suite #101
San Ramon, CA 94583 View Map

 
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Tuesday: 9:00am - 7:00pm
Friday: 10:00am - 5:00pm

* Exams 9am-5:15pm Mon-Thurs; 10am-4pm Fri