A pinguecula is a small, slightly raised yellow growth that forms on the sclera (white of the eye). Pingueculae are often confused with a pterygium, however pingueculae generally do not grow over the cornea (the clear front cover of the eye).
Pinguecula is a non cancerous growth and is nothing to be fearful of. It is a very common condition and is often found in people who spend a significant amount of time in sunlight. It is not usually associated with pain but more a cosmetic issue.
Pinguecula are usually caused by exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light. Hence, a pinguecula are more common amongst people who spend a great deal of time outdoors.
Pinguecula Treatment and Protection
Wearing UV protective sunglasses is highly important in preventing or slowing down the growth of a pinguecula.
Pingueculae generally cause only mild symptoms of irritation and a gritty feeling in the eye. In some cases a pinguecula can become inflamed and require eye drops to reduce the inflammation.
In severe cases where the pinguecula is interfering with vision or is making blinking or contact lens wear increasingly uncomfortable, surgical removal may be considered. Pingueculae may also lead to the development of a pterygium.
If you think you may behave developed a pinguecula contact The Eye Practice to make an appointment with one of our friendly Optometrists on (02) 9290 1899.
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