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pinguecula

noun. a yellowish, raised growth on the conjunctiva.

pinguecula

noun. a yellowish, raised growth on the conjunctiva. It’s usually on the side of the eye near your nose, but can happen on the other side too. A pinguecula is a deposit of protein, fat, or calcium.

lf you have had a pinguecula or a pterygium at least once before, try to avoid the things that cause these growths. Here are some ways:

  • wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from ultraviolet (UV) light

  • protect your eyes from dust by wearing glasses or goggles

Symptoms of pinguecula and pterygium can range from mild to severe. They include:

  • redness and swelling of the conjunctiva, mostly while the pterygium grows

  • a yellow spot or bump on the white of your eye

  • dry, itchy, burning eyes. Or feeling like sand or grit is stuck in your eye

  • blurry vision

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