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Hi Dr. B. - I think I have the same problem as another questioner

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Hi Dr. B. - I think I have the same problem as another questioner about one year ago. I have developed tiny clear blisters in the very lower part of my lower eyelid. Having contacts in makes the irritation less. But I have noticed that since I have been wearing contacts (over a year now); I have yellow "triangles" on either side of my irsi (in both eyes) that I never had before contacts. Then there is this issue of tiny blister like bumps (3). My eye doctor said I have some sunburn on the white parts of my eyes, hence the yellowish triangles. I don't think this is correct, since these showed up after I got contact lenses. Any explanation you can offer on these two issues would be great.


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Hello and thanks for your question. Can you take a picture of these yellow triangles and post them to your reply?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Hi Dr. B I think it is called a pinguecula on my eye. I have attached a photo of it (not my eye but I found it on the internet and it is exactly like mine). The odd thing is that I never noticed it until I got contacts about 2 years ago. Since this pinguecula is supposedly from sun damage, I am wondering if my contacts focus sunlight on my eyes.... or if the cause is something else.


As for the tiny clear bubbles (2-3) inside the deep lower eyelid, I can find no photos what soever on these. All the photos I find are just whitish bumps either on or under the eyelid, which is not what I have.

As far as the clear bumps go, This is likely a conjunctival cyst. A cyst is where the tissues of the body form a protective layer if cells (and usually fluid) around a local irritant to seal it off. In the care of conjunctival cysts the irritant can be anything from a foreign-body to an eyelash or just some inflammation in the eyelids. These are very common and aside from leading to a foreign-body sensation, they usually do not cause significant problems. They usually will resolve in their own in 1-4 weeks but have been known to take shorter or longer to resolve on occasion. Because complete and total excision (not just draining then) is the only way to get them to resolve proactively and completely, these are usually not opened up by an eye doctor but allowed to resolve spontaneously.

In the meantime, using artificial tears 3-4x/day can help with any irritation caused by these as will using cool compresses.

Concerning the pinguecula, no, contact lenses do not cause this. They do not focus UV rays to exacerbate these. It is most likely they were forming, but you did not notice them because you were not putting things in your eyes on a daily basis.

Does this make sense? Does this information help address your concerns? Do you have any other questions about this?

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My opinion is solely informative and does not constitute a formal medical opinion or recommendation. For a formal medical opinion and/or recommendation you must see an eye doctor. Thanks for your inquiry!
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Only one more question, can I expect these pinguecula to grow and if so can I get them removed?


Yes, it is possible for these to grow, it is also possible to have these removed surgically if they become symptomatic to you.
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