|Judith Whitehead lives in Amherst New York|
( A suburb of Buffalo, N.Y.)
and has worked in the ophthalmology
field of medicine for nearly 40 years
They notice a painless raised area on either side of their iris (the colored part) and want some answers.
More so, in hot climates in the world especially near the equator, people are more prone to developing what are called "pinguecula".
The small raised yellowish areas that develop on the white part of the eye, the sclera , are caused from UV and sun exposure. Also people that spend a great deal of time in the sun without eye protection, may develop the same findings.
Pinguecula by themselves, are not dangerous and if bothersome, may be removed. They can become enlarged and irritated at times and may become unsightly. They do not carry a serious diagnosis and can be treated with prescription eye drops to calm them if red and irritated.
If removed surgically, the eye will be sore for a short time and can be soothed with drops. The surgical procedure is usually done in an out patient setting under a local anesthetic.
The growths may return some day, especially if one returns to worshiping the sun again.
Hana Hou, (Encore)