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Question:
Is it dangerous to leave a pinguecula untreated? I’m overseas without access to an Eye MD.

Answer:
A pinguecula is a typically harmless growth on the white of the eye associated with UV light damage. It usually has a yellowish appearance and can be slightly elevated from the surface of the eye. No treatment is necessary as long as it does not get red and irritated. In this case, you should visit an Eye MD to determine if you need anti-inflammatory drops or surgical removal.

Answered by: Omar R. Chaudhary, MD Dr. Omar R. Chaudhary

Categories: Eye Health Conditions, General Eye Health

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