Corneal Specialist Joel Confino,M.D. of The Eye Care & Surgery Center commented, “A Pinguecula is a common, non-cancerous growth of the clear, thin tissue covering the eye called the conjunctiva. This growth is usually slightly raised from the surface of the white part of the eye called sclera and while the exact cause is unknown long-term sunlight exposure and eye irritation may be factors.”
Usually no treatment is needed, however keeping the eye moist with artificial tears may help prevent the area from becoming inflamed. Sometimes the temporary use of mild steroid eye drops can also be helpful. Occasionally the growth may need to be removed for comfort or for cosmetic reasons especially if it grows over the cornea and impairs vision. Laser treatment for Pinguecula may be an option where other types of treatment have not been satisfactory according to researchers reporting in the journal Cornea. The researchers studied patients and treated their Pinguecula with argon laser photocoagulation. Each patient graded the cosmetic outcome on a 5 point-grading scale with 5 being excellent, 4 being good, 3 acceptable, 2 poor and 1 very poor and the surgeons evaluation of treatment outcome was based on objective findings of anterior segment photography and anterior segment optical coherence tomography. The overall cosmetic results were excellent or good in 90.5% of laser-treated cases and the laser treated cases had minimal scarring or hemorrhage. They concluded that argon laser photocoagulation is an effective and safe method for removing a Pinguecula for cosmetic purposes and the laser method facilitates control of the extent and depth of removal and thus minimizes conjunctival defects and other complications.
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