These small, fleshy elevations are usually caused by dryness and exposure to the environment. Although they occur more frequently in climates that are warm, dusty and dry. They are by no means rare anywhere in the United States. Farmers, foresters, and outside workers are most prone to this condition.


Symptoms are slight but may include burning or stinging of the eyes. Occasionally a pinguecula may became red, irritated and inflamed.


Treatment consists of appropriate drops, occasionally surgery and avoidance of irritants.