Non-Surgical and Surgical Pinguecula Treatment Options

A pinguecula is a small, benign growth on the eye. 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. 

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If you notice a small bump in the white area of your eye, you may have a pinguecula that needs treatment.

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.

As we age, our conjunctiva tissue changes, making us more susceptible to growths like pinguecula.

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. If needed, they may prescribe steroidal eye drops or ointments. These work to break up the collection of fat, calcium, and protein that form pinguecula.

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

The procedure to remove a pinguecula is quick and we can perform it in the comfort of our office. After administering a local anesthetic to numb the eye, our doctors can remove the growth using a blade or laser.

Once the pinguecula is removed, you will notice an immediate relief of your symptoms. It may take several hours for the anesthetic to wear off, and you should have someone available to drive you home. Your doctor will provide you with detailed instructions for your recovery.

For patients predisposed to the development of pinguecula, your doctor may recommend preventive actions as well to avoid future growths. This may include wearing sunglasses outdoors and protective eyewear. Your doctor may also recommend using artificial tears to prevent dryness, which can increase the risk of pinguecula.

Schedule an Appointment Today

Contact Broberg Eye Care online or call (512) 447-6096 to schedule an eye exam. Our doctors can examine your eye and determine if a pinguecula has formed. We can prescribe treatments to relieve your discomfort and eliminate the growth so you can return to your normal daily routines.

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