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i am slightly concerned as the whites of my eyes are bcoming

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i am slightly concerned as the whites of my eyes are bcoming red. their are very small blood vessels all over them. from afar you can't tell but up close you can see and its making me very un happy and self concious of my appearance. i am not in any pain and they are not dry? what do you think is causing this and can i clear it up?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 5 years ago.

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It sounds like you have very early pinguecula.

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Would you say that you spend a lot of time outdoors?


no whats pinguecula

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Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 5 years ago.
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 link to a picture of a small pinguecula. You can find many other pictures by going to Google images:

This is link to a picture of 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):

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?
Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 5 years ago.
You kinda hit the accept button too fast......Did I answer your question?
Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 5 years ago.
Don't worry....heck, even Lady Gaga hits the wrong key sometimes :o)
Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 5 years ago.
I am still available to discuss this issue further even though you hit the accept button kinda early. Just post to this thread and I will get an email so I can read you post and respond to you.
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
i saw a doctor and they told me i dont have what you said.
Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 5 years ago.
Did you see an ophthalmologist or an optometrist?

What did the doctor say you had? Is there anything else you would like to ask me about this?

I guess my wife is correct when she say's that I'm not always right, eh lol!