Pinguecula treatment may involve eye drops for minor cases or surgical removal for more serious conditions that may affect the vision. Our doctors prescribe medical-strength eye drops and ointments when necessary and use the safest and most advanced surgical methods when surgery is required. If you notice a small bump in the white area of your eye, you may have a pinguecula that needs treatment. Our doctors can diagnose pinguecula with a simple eye exam at our Austin, TX, office.
Non-Surgical Treatment Options
Changes in the conjunctiva tissue of the eye can lead to the formation of a pinguecula. As we age, our conjunctiva tissue changes, making us more susceptible to growths like pinguecula. Environmental factors, such as dust, wind, or sun exposure, can also contribute to these changes.
Pinguecula are usually yellow in color and form on the white portion of the eye closest to the nose. The most common symptom is a feeling of an eyelash or other debris in your eye. Your eye may also feel dry or itchy and appear red or inflamed.
The vast majority of pinguecula cases are mild and require non-surgical treatments like eye drops. After our doctors have conducted a full examination of the eye, they can prescribe eye drops or topical ointments.
Surgical Pinguecula Treatment
Less frequently, surgery is recommend to remove the pinguecula. We may recommend surgical treatment when the growth:
- Is close to the cornea, threatening to affect vision
- Causes serious discomfort
- Makes wearing contact lenses uncomfortable or makes them fit incorrectly
- Affects the aesthetics of the eye