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i have bloodshot eyes i use eye drops sometimes it clears with

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i have bloodshot eyes nearly all the time and it is embarrasing especially in the work place where co workers think i am on drugs or drinking every nite.I use eye drops with antihestimeen(not sure correct spelling) sometimes it clears with stinging and itching The eyes still appear red and almost does not go white as i would like but a bit yellowee.I would love to have white clear eyes at all times.This has been happening for a number of years now could it be a medical condition that i could seek advice from a doctor and have treated or is it my diet or certain food i am consuming contributing to the condition.I am in good health and not over weight.I use a lot of salt and i was told salt was contributing to the red in the eyes.Not sure if that is true please advise.Looking forward to your answer and hope you can get to the problem of this condition and i can start seeking treatment.

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I do not believe that your condition is due to having salt in your diet.

Dr. Rick :

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?


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