Pinguecula - The Final Story
Well, I didn't have pinguecula after all. I finally went to an opthamologist who diagnosed my problem as a conjunctival sist. Essentially, it was a "pimple of the eye." Gross, I know.
He suggested that we do surgery. You know my take on drugs and surgery, but this problem was irritating me so bad I said "Let's do surgery!" Plus, this opthamologist is very holistically-oriented, so if he suggests surgery, you really do need surgery.
The surgery turned out to be very minor, although extremely frightening. He put some eye drops in my eye to restrict the blood vessels and then other drops as anaesthetic. Then I leaned my head against a metal frame, and he used the strong magnifying glass on the frame to watch what he was doing. Then he took a pair of tweezers and pulled on the sist (like the head of a pimple) and then went underneath the sist with a tiny pair of scissors. Yes, that's right, folks, this guy was coming at my eye with a pair of scissors! Yikes! I sweated out about a quart of water in the next ten minutes. I was scared beyond belief. But there was no pain the entire time, except when he put the blood vessel restricting stuff in - youch!
Anyway, the surgery was successful. My eye was quite red for about a week afterward. Remember, this "pimple" was on the white of my eye, not the iris or cornea. But the redness went away and now, my eye is just a tiny bit pink on one side. And it feels better than it has in twenty years! I've always had problems with air blowing on that eye, but now, no problem!
I suggest this type of surgery. The doc said that people in the Midwest hardly ever develop pinguecula, that only happens in the Southwest. If you're in this area of the country, it's probably a conjunctival sist.
I hope this helps explain things better for all the people coming in searching for pinguecula! Good luck with your eye problems, folks.