A benign white or yellowish bump on the surface of the cornea caused by trauma or UV exposure
Question: Do I have to live with my pinguecula forever? It developed a couple of months ago, I just looked it up today and found it is a pinguecula. I understand it is benign, but will I have to have it forever? What are the chances of it shrinking? Or is it actually likely to grow? I live in a hot sandy climate, is it a good idea to buy good sunglasses with high protection level or is it too late now?
Answer: My friend has one of these. the eye doctor said she should protect her eyes from the sun because that's what causes the problem. I think it's always a good idea to protect your eyes from the sun's rays. I don't think they every go away. Sometimes hers gets very sore and irritated so she can't wear her contacts and she hates that!
Question: How to pronounce this word please - pinguecula? How to pronounce this word please - pinguecula
Answer: pin gweh q luh
Question: Has anyone ever had a pinguecula, a small white bump on the white of your eye? If so, it says that it grows very slowly? Has yours gotten any bigger and if so how long did it take? I'm pretty sure I have it and now I am freaking out over pics I saw on the internet. It says it is most common in older people, but I'm only 23 ... what is the deal?
Answer: Yes I have one. It hasn't got any larger but sometimes it gets irritated, like if i rub my eyes or aggravate it when taking out my contacts. Make sure you blink or use eye drops but don't rub it even though it might be sore
Question: If you have Pinguecula, can you still wear contacts? I noticed a little yellow spot on my eye this morning and started doing a little reaserch. Not sure if this is what I have but it looks like it. I will go to the doctor in a week or so to see if it changes. I do wear contacts but I am not sure if they can affect the Pinguecula.
Answer: While pinguecula is usually caused by exposure (sun, toxic vapors or wind), it can also be caused by insufficient lubrication. Since contact lenses can interfere with normal eye moisture in some people, I would highly recommend you do not wear them until you see your eye doctor and he determines what caused you to develop the yellow spot or the possible pinguecula.
Also, pinguecula is usually elevated so there is the chance of irritation to your cornea from an ill-fitting contact lens. With an ill-fitting lens, your vision will also be impacted. Please wait until you see your eye doctor as it is better to be cautious when your eyesight is involved.
Question: How do you treat pinguecula? Does it eventually go away or do you have to get surgery?
Answer: Peek here: http://www.allaboutvision.com/conditions/pinguecula.htm
Question: can i pop a pinguecula with a needle? i have this yellow bubble on the white part of my eye away from the cornea, and i was wondering if i could pop it with a needle? i think its pinguecula, it looks like it, and the symptoms are similiar.. should i pop it?
Answer: the best thing you can do is go to the dr. and he'll give you eyedrops for pinguecula.
the thought of getting a needle near yur eye is just damn crazy... dnt do it.
Question: Can i take cephalexin to treat pinguecula? Does cephalexin treat pinguecula?
Answer: Definition of Pinguecula
Pinguecula: A yellow spot on the white of the eye, usually toward the inside (nose side) of the eye, associated with aging. It looks fatty (in Latin the word pinguiculus means fattish), and is due to an accumulation of connective tissue.
obviously it is not an infection, so no antibiotic will treat it. never take an antibiotic unless a doctor prescribes it, and then take it all as prescribed.
Question: I have "Pinguecula" a yellowish spot on my eye. Has anyone had an operation to remove this? ? How did it turn out? Did the spot return, how quickly? Did the pain go away?
Answer: I've not had this personally but many of my patients have. some have chosen to have is removed surgically for cosmetic reasons but it always came back. The speed varies between people really.
Best thing to do is use artificial tears to help with the discomfort caused by it and remember to protect your eyes from the sun. this slows down the growth aswell as the main cause is UV exposure.
Question: If I close my eyes when outside, does theat prevent pinguecula to grow? Does the eyelid block UV rays? I feel stupid asking this, but have been wondering. thanks.
I DO wear sunglasses all the time even when it's cloudty. I just like to lay out in the sun sometimes to tan and don't want sunglass marks, THAT is why I am asking..don't appreictae the rude remark
Answer: Yes closing your eyes every single time you went outside for every single second you were out there and never opeining your eyes outdoors again for your entire life would prevent a pinguecula from growing....or you could do the more intelligent thing and buy a pair of sunglasses with UV protection.
You should have explained your real reason for asking the first time.
Question: How do you know if you've got Pinguecula?
Answer: n most people, pingueculae cause few symptoms. But a pinguecula that is irritated might create a feeling that something is in the eye.
In some cases, pingueculae become swollen and inflamed, a condition called pingueculitis. Irritation and eye redness from pingueculitis usually result from exposure to sun, wind, dust or extremely dry conditions.
Question: I am almost sure I have pinguecula but I may be wrong? My entire sclera is SLIGHTLY yellow (I'm positive I don't have Jaundice) except under the eyelids. It's not a bubble or triangle or anything, which is why I'm not sure it's pinguecula. Do you know whats wrong with my eye?
Answer: Not really, without seeing it, no!
A pinguecula is of a limited area, always raised to some (often very limited) degree and has a classical location, on one or both sides of the cornea horizontally.
It can vary a lot in colour and appearance.
And is essentially harmless.
As usual, most pictures to be found on the internet (and to be fair, in text-books too) show quite well-developed examples, not very useful for illustrating slight cases.
The one below might do.
Question: I have a small pinguecula on the white of my eye, has anyone had 1, and maybe know how long they last.? I have been to the doctors, but he said little about how i can help to get rid of it, he just said it may go on its own, if it does'nt it could lead to pterygium, which is a bigger 1 basically, and i may need surgery.
Answer: Sadly, the cure is worse than the disease for most - which is chop it out. They're kinda gross looking, but we leave them alone unless they start to obscure vision. The best thing that you can do in the meantime is to avoid any further sun damage to your eyes - wear a hat, quality sunglasses, and stay out of the sun when possible
Question: does pinguecula go away of its own? i just had a pink eye caused by bacterial infections. and the next day after it was almost gone. i saw does pinguecula formation. so does pinguecula go away of its own? and how long does stay in your eyes until it starts to go away?
Answer: My sister was just diagnosed with this and she was told that they would most likely not go away but there really isn't much risk to her eyesight. Mostly she is just aware of something being on her eye, but she is not in any discomfort. I'm not a doctor, just reporting what sister yumyum was told by her doc.
Question: Pinguecula and irritation and discoloration trouble!!!? I have a Pinguecula on the inside white of each eye, I'm 20 years old and really hate the discoloration and irritation. I haven't been able to get good sunglasses and that is why i now have them in both eyes. I am going to buy the best sun protection glasses I can get now ...
a few questions...
1. Will the discolouration lessen with less sunlight exposure?
2. Will there be less irritation with less uv exposure?
3. Are there any special drops or non-surgical treatments that will help with both colour or irritation?
Answer: "1. Will the discolouration lessen with less sunlight exposure?"
"2. Will there be less irritation with less uv exposure?"
"3. Are there any special drops or non-surgical treatments that will help with both colour or irritation?"
no on color. anti-inflammatory eyedrops for inflammation (i usually Rx "alrex")
Question: how can i treat pinguecula? There must be something in the world to treat it!?
Answer: I agree with the first answer, but wanted to add you can also wear sunglasses with UV protection to help prevent it from getting worse.
Question: I would like to know more about pinguecula in the eye?
Answer: A pinguecula is a small growth on the the thin mucus membrane that coats the outside of the eyeball. Some people may notice blood vessels on them. It is called a pingueculum if it does not reach the cornea.
A pterygium is a growth on the conjunctiva that is like a pinguecula, but it extends to the cornea.
Both may be the response of your eye to external factors especially the ultraviolet (UV) rays of the sun
Commonly there are no symptoms. When symtoms appear they may include red eye, irritation, itching and burning.
Both must have a qualified treatment.
Question: Pinguecula & discomfort with contacts? I've had a pinguecula on my left eye for a long time. It's at the outside corner. Is it common for these little things to cause problems with wearing contacts? What happens to me is that periodically it gets irritated or sore and makes it uncomfortable to wear the left contact lens. Is there anything I can do to either stop it getting inflamed or, better still, make it go away (but not with surgery)?
Answer: Unfortunately, there is nothing other than surgery that can resolve a pterygium.
Question: anyone out there knows how to treat pinguecula or living with it?
Answer: This phenomenom of neo-vascular growth in the nasal canthus of the eye is thought, in part, due to pollution. As the growth extends up to the cornea, if it crosses over, then may obstruct clear vision. There are some types of eyedrops, but as I recall, a lazer can be used to destroy this thin layer of tissue. In the hands of a trained ophthalmologist, you might seek advice for treatment
Question: I have pinguecula. Can I rub my eyes? I am trying not to, but sometimes, I don't even notice I am doing it. Can rubbing my eyes cause any harm with pinguecua? Thanks
Answer: It probably does make things worse. Any irritation makes them grow. It is also likely that whatever it is that makes you want to rub your eyes is also a problem. Ideal solution would be to treat your allergies or dry eye and reduce your temptation to rub since your eyes are no longer irritated.
Question: Does anyone have Pinguecula? A bump on the eyeball...? and if so, how do you treat the irritation. The Opthomologist said tear replacement drops would help (NO visine or "red out" drops) but both my eyes still hurt. They feel tired and dry. Any other suggestions?
Answer: there's really nothing you can do w/ a pinguecula. people who get it usually live in dry places..drops to hydrate the eye might help...if that patch start to go to iris and pupil, then go back to your doctor..thats called pterigium.
Pinguecula Related Products and News