What is a pinguecula?
A person with a pinguecula has a common, benign growth that forms on the white part of the eye, called the sclera.
What are the symptoms of a pinguecula?
The symptoms of a pinguecula include a small yellowish nodule or lump on the sclera, near the cornea. The lump normally appears on the nasal side of the cornea but can appear on either side. A pinguecula can increase in size over many years.
How does the doctor treat a pinguecula?
A pinguecula usually does not need treatment unless it causes discomfort. However, it may require treatment for cosmetic reasons. Artificial tears or steroid eyedrops may be helpful.
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