What is a Pingueculum?

A pingueculum is a yellowish patch or bump on the with of the eye , most often on the side closest to the nose. It is not a tumor, but an alteration of normal tissue resulting in a deposit of protein and fat. Unlike a pterygium, a pinguenculum does not actually grown onto the cornea . A pingueculum may also be a response to chronic eye irritation or light.

How is a Pingueculum treated?

No treatment is necessary unless it becomes inflamed. A pingueculum does not grow onto the cornea or threaten sight. If particularly annoying, a pingueculum may on rare occasions be surgically removed, but the post-operative scar may be as cosmeticaily objectionable as the pingueculum.

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