Managing Common Eye Conditions in the Pharmacy

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Pingueculae and Pterygia

Pingueculae are yellow-white, flat or slightly raised, usually bilateral lesions on the conjunctiva found adjacent to the nasal or temporal limbus.[1,7] Pterygia are similar asymmetrical lesions that encroach on the cornea.[7] Pterygia can either grow as separate entities or start out as pingueculae.[12] Pingueculae do not normally require treatment except mild steroid drops to reduce any inflammation. However, pterygia can stretch the cornea, resulting in astigmatism and blurred or low vision. It is essential that these be surgically removed.[12] Any patients presenting with such a growth should therefore be referred for further investigation.


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