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Thanks for the picture. That is called a pinguecula.
It sounds like what you have is called a pinguecula. This is a change in the skin around the eye (conjunctiva) from a lifetime's worth of exposure to sunlight. It is not a cancer. It also can become irritated and red at times.
Here is a picture of a small pinguecula. You can find many other pictures by going to Google images:
This is a pterygium. As you can see one of the major differences between a pterygium and a pinguecula is that a pterygium grows across the clear part of your eye (cornea):
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If you are bothered by your pinguecula it can be surgically removed fairly easily by your ophthalmologist using local anesthesia. One word of caution however.....they have the nasty habit of growing back, sometimes with a vengeance.
Does this make sense to you?
Darn. The pictures didn't come through. Again. Anyway, you already know what it looks like.
stop the visine....that will just irritate things. Use natural tears to soothe it. These things get red from time to time and it is of no consequence.....Steroids work great but that is kinda like using a nuclear bomb to stop a lone tank from attacking your town -- works just fine but may have unwanted side effects....
Like I said above, these things are best left alone as they tend to grow back, sometimes with a vengeance.
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