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What are possible complications from pinguecula treatment?
Unless a pinguecula is particularly unsightly or getting repeatedly irritated, I usually discourage surgery. However, some patients want this removed because they don't like the way it looks or it is repeatedly getting red or irritated. The main complication is the possibility of recurrence which should not be high for a pinguecula. Persistent redness or irritation and foreign body sensation can last several weeks or even months after this surgery. Rarely, an unsightly scar or color change in the area of the excision can occur. However, overall pinguecula surgery is relatively safe and is reasonable in the instances I stated above. Also, note that sunglasses use will help decrease the irritation and possible growth of a pinguecula and may help you avoid surgery. Sunglasses should definitely be used post-operatively.
Answered by: Gary Hirshfield, MD
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