I have a small raised clear to pale white bump on my eyeball just at the inside edge of my iris (closest to my nose). It feels a bit irritated and sore.
I have been suffering with dryish eyes for a few months and have been using eye drops to relieve discomfort. I have also been suffering from an allergy to tree pollen in last 3-4 weeks so have experienced slight redness and irritation in both eyes. However I have only noticed this bump and specific associated irritation in the left eye in the last few days.
Do you know what this is and what I can do to either get rid of it or relieve the irritation?
(It may be a coincidence but in this same (left) eye I have been experiencing floaters for the last 4-6 months.)
Qualified optometrist Simon Kay BSc(Hons) MCOptom answers this question.
This is probably a pinguecula which is very common and a type of conjunctival degeneration and looks like a raised yellow/white deposit on the white of your eye commonly nearest the nose. It is not usually at all painful, but can be uncomfortable, and if so the main treatment is to use frequent applications of lubricating eye drops. So I would step up the instillation of these drops to see if it helps. It may help also to use some antihistamine eye drops as the allergy may cause more irritation. It rarely needs any treatment but can be removed or it can be helped with steroid eye drops, for which you need to see an eye specialist. If it is painful, you may have an eye infection like conjunctivitis or the pinguecula itself can become infected and may need medication. I think you need to see your GP if the discomfort persists, and if appropriate you may need to see the specialist. Your optometrist or GP should be able to refer you.
The floaters are coincidental, but mention them to your optometrist when you have an eye test.