Pinguecula is a very common distortion which consists of yellow and white deposits in the conjunctiva adjacent to the limbus, either on the nasal side or on the side of the temples. It is not a tumor but a normal alteration of the natural tissue that cases the depositing of proteins and lipids. The pinguecula may also be a reaction to chronic eye inflammation or to intense sunlight. Unlike pterygium, pinguecula does not move towards the cornea.

How is pinguecula treated?

Usually no treatment is required as the visual axis is not affected. However, if pinguecula becomes annoying, which is rare, it can be surgically removed.

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