Are you self-conscious of your eye appearance, and find yourself avoiding eye contact with others because of a suspicious-looking bump on your eye? The problem could be a pinguecula, or an unsightly growth on the white part of the eye’s surface. This growth makes many people uneasy or insecure due to their eye appearance.
Your self-image should not have to suffer because of a pinguecula. Boxer Wachler Vision Institute offers complete care for pinguecula. Dr. Brian will remove the pinguecula, helping you regain the confidence you need to look others directly in the eye and feel good about yourself.
What Is a Pinguecula?
A pinguecula is a deposit of calcium, fat or protein that develops on the conjunctiva, or the clear protective membrane covering part of the front surface of the eye. Most pingueculae appear on the inner eye, closest to the nose, and may extend outward.
Although any type of growth or lesion can seem concerning, pingueculae are non-cancerous and usually not harmful to vision. In fact, a pinguecula is sometimes compared to a callous that grows on the skin.
Pinguecula symptoms include the following:
- A yellowish spot or bump
- Red, bloodshot eyes
- Swelling of the conjunctiva
Large pingueculae can interfere with the eye’s natural tear film. If tears cannot spread around the growth, dry eye symptoms — including burning, itching and a “foreign body” sensation — can occur.
Symptoms may range from mild to severe, depending on the case.
One of the most common causes of pingueculae is overexposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun. Many pingueculae are triggered by frequent or prolonged exposure to other environmental elements like dust and wind.
Pingueculae can develop at any age, although they are most common in middle-aged or older adults. They often affect people who spend long hours outdoors, either for work or leisure.
Preventive measures include wearing sunglasses with adequate UV protection anytime you are outside (even on overcast or cloudy days). Depending on the situation, other types of eyewear, like goggles, can provide protection against the natural elements. Applying artificial tears to lubricate dry eyes can also help protect you against pingueculae.
Diagnosing a Pinguecula
Although most pinguecula are harmless, it is wise to have any bump or lesion evaluated by an eye doctor.
To diagnose a pinguecula, Dr. Brian will examine your eye using a slit lamp (i.e., a lighted microscope). He may assess your visual acuity to determine whether the pinguecula is affecting your vision.
Pinguecula Removal with WhiterEyes® Conjunctivoplasty
If you have a pinguecula that is causing you discomfort or interfering with the quality of your vision or your confidence, Dr. Brian may recommend the WhiterEyes® Conjunctivoplasty procedure. During this short, virtually painless procedure, the doctor removes the conjunctiva, or membrane covering the white part of the eyes. No stitches are needed, and a new, clearer membrane grows back in its place.
The recovery period after the WhiterEyes® Conjunctivoplasty procedure is typically very quick. Many patients return to work and most of their regular activities within a few days. Dr. Brian asks patients to wear sun protection and regularly use eye drops after the procedure. The results of treatment include whiter, clearer and moister eyes with improved eye comfort.
Learn More About Pinguecula Removal at Boxer Wachler Vision Institute
For more information about pinguecula removal with WhiterEyes® Conjunctivoplasty, please call or email Boxer Wachler Vision Institute today.