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Hello Doctor,,I have a question concerning red veins that

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Hello Doctor,,
I have a question concerning red veins that I have noticed growing towards the colored part of my eye. I have been wearing these new contacts for two months and I have started that they have become more visual on the white part. I have a appointment with a dr on Monday, but I wanted to know can a dr. dissolve them with a prescription drop? Is this common? Thanks
Hi. My name isXXXXX and I have two decades of ophthalmology experience. I'm online and happy to answer your question today.

What you are noticing is most likely a small pinguecula. This is nothing to worry about and, unfortunately, it is nothing that can be "dissolved" by a drop. Removal requires surgery by an ophthalmologist.

Here is some information on this issue:

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.

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