Dr. Black's Eye Associates of Southern Indiana
302 W. 14th Street, Suite 100A
Jeffersonville, IN 47130
Phone: (812) 284-0660
Monday—Friday: 8 a.m.– 5 p.m.
What is pinguecula?
A pinguecula is a thickening of the conjunctiva (the thin moist membrane that covers the “white” of the eye). It is slightly raised and yellowish in color. You are more likely to develop a pinguecula if you are middle-aged or older, but can occur at any time, even during childhood. Sun exposure seems to also be a factor in pinguecula formation.
What are the symptoms of pinguecula?
Although an irritated pinguecula can make you feel as though you have something in your eye, they generally cause very few symptoms. Sun exposure, dry conditions, dust, and wind can irritate a pinguecula. Often, a pinguecula can lead to the formation of pterygia.