A Thick Clear Layer Appears On The Whites Of The Eyes?
, the corner of my eyeball is covered with something white, clear and thick. What do you think that is? Is it dangerous? And what kind of treatment? Thank you
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The appearance of a thick clear layer on the white of the eye is usually caused by a pterygium. The pterygium is a thin, usually triangular layer that grows from the conjunctiva of the eye (the white part of the eye) to the cornea (the black part of the eye). Pterygium is a harmless condition and often does not cause any symptoms, but if it grows further and covers the cornea, vision can be impaired. Some of the other symptoms that can be experienced include red eyes, itching, and burning or burning. This pterygium can appear due to chronic inflammation that occurs in the eye, for example due to excessive sun exposure in the eye, continuous exposure to pollution in the eye, exposure to irritants or other allergens in the eye.
Some other conditions that can appear to resemble a pterygium are pinguecula (yellowish spots that grow on the conjunctiva of the eye which are a buildup of fat, calcium, or protein), pseudopterygium (pterygium that appears due to injury or infection of the eye), neoplasm or malignancy in the eye.
If you want to determine the cause of the white coating, you can consult a general practitioner or an eye doctor. Your doctor can look directly at the lining on the whites of your eye to determine the cause. If indeed the layer is a pterygium, then the treatment depends on how severe the pterygium is. If the condition is mild and does not cause any symptoms, then no specific therapy is needed. Therapy is more focused on preventing the pterygium from worsening. If the pterygium is causing mild eye irritation symptoms, your doctor may give you eye drops to lubricate your eye and reduce inflammation in your eye. If the symptoms you are experiencing are severe enough to cause vision problems, then the therapy that can be done is surgical removal of the pterygium.
To prevent the appearance of the pterygium or prevent the pterygium from worsening, you can try to avoid direct sunlight in your eyes, for example by wearing anti-UV glasses when you are out of the room. Try to avoid exposure to irritants such as dust, smoke, pollution, wind or certain allergens such as pollen to the eyes. If you experience dry eyes frequently, use artificial tears to lubricate your eyes frequently.
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