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Pinguecula is a growth that develops on the eye. The mostly harmless condition may cause the eyes to feel dry and irritate, and can make it uncomfortable to wear contact lenses.

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1. What Causes Pinguecula?

The precise reasons pinguecula develops are unknown, but the cause is believed to be a combination of ultraviolet radiation from the sun, wind, and dust. It is thought the mixture of factors irritates the conjunctiva, the clear lining of the eyeball, and causes the growths.

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