Pinguecula Laser Treatment

Baltimore Washington Eye Center, Maryland

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Pinguecula Laser Treatment

A Pingueculum is a common, non-cancerous growth of the clear, thin tissue covering the eye called the conjunctiva. The growth is raised slightly from the surface of the white part of the eye called sclera. While the exact cause is unknown long-term sunlight exposure and eye irritation are important risk factors. Welding is a major job-related risk. Laser treatment for Pinguecula may be an option where other types of treatment have not been satisfactory according to researchers reporting in the journal Cornea. Usually no treatment is needed however beyond keeping the eye moist with artificial tears may to help prevent the area from becoming inflamed. Sometimes the temporary use of mild steroid eye drops can also be helpful. Occasionally the growth may need to be removed for comfort or for cosmetic reasons and especially if it grows over the cornea and impairs vision. When this happens, the growth is called a pterygium.

If you or someone you know would like to learn more about Pinguecula and possible laser treatment, you are encouraged to schedule an eye examination at Baltimore Washington Eye Center by calling 800-495-3937, visiting Baltimore Washington Eye Center or

Baltimore Washington Eye Center is a leading eye care practice with office locations at 200 Hospital Drive, Suite 600, Glen Burnie, Maryland 21061 and River Hill Professional Center, 6100 Day Long Lane, Suite 207, Clarksville, Maryland 21029, serving the greater Baltimore and Washington, D.C. area.