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`Fat` on white of eyeballs

06/17/2009

Question:

Hello and thank you so much! I cannot find anything on the net about the fat deposits on either side of both retinas. I had (years ago) gone to an allergist who said it was fat.

It makes me look so much older than I am (45). Can it be removed?

Thanks again.

Answer:

Thank you for visiting NetWellness. Unfortunately, I am unable to answer your question based on the information provided and only an eye care professional who has done a proper examination would be able to provide you with an accurate answer.

If the "fat" that you see is on the white of your eyeballs, or on what is known as your conjunctiva, this may be a condition called pinguecula, which is caused by chronic UV exposure from the sunlight.

I recommend scheduling an appointment with your eye doctor, who would be better able to discuss your actual condition and if there are any available treatment options.

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Response by:

Julia Rae Geldis, OD, MS Julia Rae Geldis, OD, MS
Clinical Assistant Professor of Optometry
College of Optometry
The Ohio State University