Sun & the Eyes: What’s That Yellowish Bump on the White Part of My Eye? Pinguecula

Many of my patients come in for examinations and ask, “what are these yellowish bumps on the white part of my eyes?” The term, pinguecula, (pin-GWEK-yoo-lah) has to be one of the more unusual anatomy terms of the human body. (Great suggestion for the national spelling bee!) A pinguecula is a yellowish formation and tissue change on the white part of the eye, from long term sun exposure. People that live closer to the equator, tend to be more prone to these changes, which can also sometimes lead to Pterygiums. (Which is a tissue change that occurs in the cornea at the margins.) While many people know how sunglasses with UV protection help to prevent cataract changes, I’ve found that most people do not realize how sunglasses with UV protection can help to prevent the progression of Pingueculae.
Pingueculae generally do not hurt at all, and are typically harmless. Most people complain about the piguecula’s change in color, and growth, where patients do not like how they appear cosmetically. Sometimes the growth/bump can become annoying when blinking. By far the #1 method to prevent the progression of a pinguecula is to wear excellent UV protection sunglasses when outdoors. If a pinguecula ever becomes aggravated or sore, sometimes an anti-inflammatory drop can be prescribed. Artificial tears can provide relief if they become dry or irritated. Be sure to schedule an eye health examination with your eye doctor to have the proper diagnosis and possible treatment. Feel free to contact me with any questions. Have a great day!

About Eyedrbarnstein

Dr. Richard Barnstein is an optometrist / partner with Professional Vision in the Baltimore area. ( Timonium and Carney ) Professional Vision is a boutique eyecare practice, with fashionable designer frames and sunglasses. We have an eye doctor available for eye appointments for contacts, comprehensive eye exams, and treatment of eye emergencies 6 days a week, at Timonium & Carney. Dr. Richard Barnstein, a Baltimore native, graduated from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry (now Salus University) in 1994. He attended James Madison University (1987-90) where he was accepted early into optometry school. Dr. Barnstein is therapeutically licensed to treat eye disease, and diagnoses and manages glaucoma. He also specializes in difficult contact lens fittings, dry eye disease, and LASIK co-management. Dr. Richard Barnstein is a member of the American Optometric Association and the Maryland Optometric Association. Dr. Richard Barnstein enjoys spending time with his wife, 2 children, and puppy goldendoodle. He's an avid Ravens, Terps, and Orioles fan, and loves live music. Profession Vision on Twitter Dr. Richard Barnstein on Twitter Check out Dr. Barnstein's Live Music and Sports Blog, Farmerstanproductions!
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