A pinguecula is a benign, or noncancerous, growth that occurs in the eye, specifically the conjunctiva. This yellow or brown growth has a triangular shape. If there is more than one growth, it is called a pinguecula. This disorder usually appears near the cornea, on the white part of the eye (sclera) between the iris and nose.
A person can get this eye disease when the eyes are exposed to too much UV light. In addition, everyone has the same risk of developing yellowing of the eyes regardless of age. Even so, someone who has entered middle age or old age is more at high risk. These growths in most cases do not require treatment.
However, when is the right time for you to see an eye doctor due to pinguecula?
These eye disorders are harmless and often do not require any treatment. In some cases, it may not grow in size and no symptoms develop. When this problem grows or is already disturbing, the only way to deal with it is by using special eye drops. Some people choose to have them removed for cosmetic reasons.
So, if this problem has caused persistent symptoms plus the size, shape, and color have changed a lot, it’s a good idea to get yourself checked out immediately. Symptoms that can arise due to pinguecula are eyes that feel dry or irritated. You can also feel like there is sand in your eyes accompanied by itching and inflammation.
Apart from being cosmetic, pinguecula treatment also needs to be done with several considerations, such as:
- It grows on top of the cornea because it can affect vision.
- Causes great discomfort when trying to wear contact lenses.
- Often experience severe inflammation even after using eye drops or ointment.
This method can certainly help sufferers to manage the growth of problems in this eye and relieve symptoms. Before deciding to get surgery, it’s a good idea to do a follow-up examination first.
Although not mandatory, it is indeed a good idea to see an eye doctor immediately if you feel you are experiencing this problem. Even though the growth is not dangerous, it is a good idea to routinely do eye examinations if there is a change in medical expertise.