Pinguecula a degeneration which appears as a yellowish stain

Written by: Dra. Consuelo López Abad
Edited by: Top Doctors®

The pinguecula is a conjunctival degeneration located in the nasal sector of the palpebral fissure (more frequently) and / or in the temporal sector.

Normally, the pinguecula is produced by the effect of ultraviolet light on the conjunctiva or other aggressions related to light effects (such as welding, etc.) that produce over time a degeneration and fragmentation of conjunctival collagen fibers.

Symptoms of the pinguecula

The pinguecula normally appears as a yellowish white bulging spot with amorphous deposits in its interior, with frequent periods of inflammation, so in these cases it is necessary to use ocular lubricants ( artificial tears ).

It is treated with Artificial Tears and in cases of inflammation, the most indicated treatment is that which is carried out by anti-inflammatory surface eye drops.. The treatment can become surgical (extirpation of the pinguecula) in cases in the most extreme cases, those of constant irritation, or if its size constitutes a cosmetic problem, or on the contrary, if it interferes with the use of contact lenses.


Consequences of the pinguecula

If the pinguecula is not monitored over time and treated with lubricants and / or anti-inflammatories during periods of inflammation, it can lead to a pterygium , an abnormal growth due to inflammation that goes from the white part of the eye to the tissue of the eye. cornea.

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By Dra. Consuelo López Abad

Doctra in Medicine and Surgery from the Complutense University of Madrid. He is a specialist in ophthalmology with more than 25 years of experience especially in cornea, ocular surface or cataracts. It combines the development of their daily work with the teacher at the Complutense University of Madrid.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

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