Pinguecula is a yellow bump that appears on the eyeball. They are not cancerous. Here is what causes them, signs/symptoms and treatment information.
1. Causes- The main cause of the condition is UV from the sun. Exposure to wind and dust may be risk factors, too. Dry eye disease can play a role in causing the condition.
2. Signs- There aren’t many signs and symptoms associated with Pinguecula, but one of the most prominent symptom is a raised bump on the eye. Dryness is another symptom that people may experience, and they may feel a burning sensation in the eye or a stinging or itching sensation. Blurred vision is another symptom that people may exhibit if they have the condition. It’s important to note that if you experience those signs and symptoms, then you may not necessarily have Pinguecula, but you’ll want to see your doctor because they will be able to tell you whether or not you have the condition and what course of treatment you should undergo.
3. Treatment- If you don’t have a severe case of pinguecula and you are suffering from dry eye irritation, then you may be given lubricating eye drops. Another treatment option is scleral contact lenses, which may be prescribed alongside the eye drops. Steroid eye drops or anti-inflammatory drugs may be prescribed if you have swelling of the eye or if there is localized inflammation. If the bump is causing you discomfort, then surgery is an option, but it is also an option if you simply don’t like the way it looks, but surgery needs to be performed by a qualified professional.
If you have a yellow bump on the eye, then consider seeing a medical professional. In some cases, they may remove it. They may also treat it a different way.