A pinguecula is a small yellowish lump that forms normally at the edge of the cornea at about 3 or 9 o’clock. They normally appear in middle age and can be exacerbated by exposure to sun, or dry and dusty conditions. 

Pinguecula are benign and rarely need any treatment other than reassurance from a practitioner. If they interfere with the fitting of a soft or scleral contact lens the lens fitting or shape may need to be adjusted to avoid pressure or discomfort.

If they cause discomfort or you’re unduly concerned by their appearance, then they can be removed surgically. However most practitioners would resist this extreme treatment for such a benign condition.

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