Those who work and play outdoors in sunny, windy, and dusty conditions without wearing protective eyewear commonly develop non-cancerous growths on their corneas (the clear front window of the eye) and conjunctivas (the membrane that covers the white part of the eye, the sclera). Similar to a callus on the skin, a “pinguecula” is a yellowish patch or bump consisting of a deposit of protein, fat, and/or calcium that usually appears on the side of the eye closest to the nose. The triangular-shaped growth of fleshy tissue known as a “pterygium” that develops on the sclera may eventually extend over the cornea and grow large enough to interfere with vision. A pterygium can often develop from a pinguecula. Although these growths may be removed surgically, they may return.
We can diagnose the condition by examining the front part of your eye with a microscope. At MAYO EYE CENTER, we will discuss all your options with you. We have chosen our staff, office procedures, and medical equipment to provide you with the finest quality eye care services in a friendly and caring atmosphere. We’re located at 2890 South Lamar Blvd. Please call 662.234.3937 to schedule an appointment for quality eye care.