Pinguecula is a thickening of the white of the eye, an irritation caused by the degeneration of the conjunctiva. It appears as a small lump and is yellowish-brown and composed of degenerated elastic tissue, occurring on either side of the cornea and often occurring in both eyes. It is usually benign in nature.
The cause of pinguecula is usually dryness and exposure to the environment. They occur more frequently in dry, dusty climates. Farmers, foresters and outside workers are especially prone to this condition.
Symptoms are slight but may be associated with burning or stinging of the eyes. Occasionally a pinguecula may become red, irritated and inflamed.Treatment with appropriate drops will clear this redness in just a few days.
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