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Hi, I have been having this problem for quite some time now but it didn't really bother me until now because I am considering trying out contact lenses.

The bump is on my eyeball underneath my eyelid. I don't know what shape, how big or what colour it is. I've tried to find out by taking pictures or recording myself pulling my eyelid up and looking downwards but either the lighting is too dark to see anything or there was just nothing.

The bump doesn't hurt and I think it's really small because it's not visible over the eyelid, I can only notice its existence by touching my eyelid.

I used to rub my eyes a lot but I have stopped and rarely ever do that except in the morning when I just wake up.

Please tell me what kind of thing it could be and the treatment for it. I will be going to see the doctor soon but I'd like to know what kind of answer I am expecting, just to be mentally prepared.

Thanks.
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replied March 9th, 2012
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The most commonly encountered "bump" on the eye concerning patients is a fleshy-appearing growth called a pinguecula (ping-gwek-u-lah). They may be yellow, gray, white, or colorless. They are usually found on the white part of the eye in the space between the eyelids, almost always on the side closest to the nose. Pingueculae are more common in middle-aged or older people but they can also be found in younger people and even children.


Causes

Overlying the white part of the eye (sclera) is a transparent mucous membrane called the conjunctiva. The conjunctiva also lines the inside of the eyelids. A pinguecula is a slow growth caused by the degeneration of the conjuctiva's collagen fibres. Thicker yellow fibres, or in some cases calcified deposits, eventually replace the original transparent fibres. In rare cases, the conjunctiva can also become red and irritated. Pingueculae can be found in one or both eyes and do not affect vision.

The exact cause or causes of this disorder is unknown, but it occurs more frequently in people who live in sunny and windy climates and people whose jobs expose them to ultraviolet (UV) light (for example, farmers and arc welders). The frequency of pingueculae increases with age lending credence to the idea that they are primarily the result of prolonged exposure to UV, infrared light and irritation.

Signs and Symptoms

There are often no symptoms of a pinguecula other than a cosmetic concern. Dry eye can sometimes contribute to increased irritation, resulting in a "foreign-body" sensation and inflammation.

Treatment

Most people with pingueculae do not require treatment unless their symptoms are severe. Lubricating eye drops are normally recommended to relieve irritation and foreign-body sensation. Steroidal eye drops may be prescribed if significant inflammation and swelling are present. Everyone with pingueculae should wear UV-blocking sun protection to help reduce the irritation that contributes to the formation and progression of pingueculae. Surgical removal of pingueculae is sometimes considered if they are large or result in the the inability of contact lens wearers to wear their lenses.



You should speak with your optometrist or ophthalmologist about the bump. While a pinguecula is the most likely etiology, it could be something else. Only an exam of your eye will tell you exactly what this bump is.

Good luck.
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