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Question:
As far back as I can remember I have had raised yellowish bumps in both eyes in the whites close to my nose. I was told it was called sailor's eye. Lately, I find that the bump in the right eye is higher and the white portion of this eye contains "gooey" fluid under the thin covering of the eye. I am able to push it around but it does not release. Is this related to the yellow eye bumps or something different? It feels like there is something always in my eye but I can never find it.

Answer:
Pingueculae are harmless growths that happen in the white of the eye as a result of UV light (sun) damage, especially in tropical climates. Occasionally, they get irritated and red which may require treatment with steroid eye drops. Pingeculae are slightly raised so you may feel as if something is in your eye when you blink because the surface of the eye is no longer smooth. If lubrication drops are not effective in resolving this feeling, you can see your ophthalmologist for possible surgical removal.

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

Categories: Eye Conditions, Eye Surgery

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