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I have what looks like 3 dots on my sclera. It does not

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I have what looks like 3 white dots on my sclera. It does not cause any discomfort or reduction in vision; just redness.
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 6 years ago.
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These are most likely conjuctival cysts

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They form when glands get plugged up so that the fluid that they make gets stuck under the skin of your eye. They are not a cancer and, other then how they look, are of no consequence.

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If they bother you an ophthalmologist can lance them with a sterile needle, however they may come back after this. In order to have the best chance of getting rid of them they have to be completely excised. Usually, however, patients elect to leave them alone.

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does this make sense to you?

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Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 6 years ago.
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Customer: replied 6 years ago.

Thank you. Final question, what causes them to form?

Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 6 years ago.
Hi and good morning.
Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 6 years ago.
Many times a cause for them is not found. What happens when they form is that a piece of the skin around your eye (conjunctiva) gets "folded over" (for lack of a better term) and the glands loose their connection to the outside. Being glands, they just keep on making their fluid, which then forms the cysts you see.
They are common after minor eye injuries, scratches etc. and can be seen after eye surgery. As I stated above, they are not a sign of any type of serious condition.
Does this make sense to you?