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Re: Pinguecula
Jan 2, 2005
Chris & Holly:

I don't know how long you've been suffering from these pings but for me it's been a long two and a half years - most of which I have spent agonizing over them. Initially when I was diagnosed it wasn't the end of the world for me as I had little knowledge about them nor the symptoms that later appeared, including redness and irritation. I was new to the world of dry eye too. After my initial problems began, I went to one doctor which resulted in another opinion, so on and so forth until I felt that I was at the end of my rope. I was severely depressed and resolved on living the rest of my life with red eyes, and basically remaining indoors like a recluse shunning off friends and bidding adieu to a once active social life. My poor husband suffered the most, and he too, like Chris' wife reassured me every day while the redness got worse and worse.

Long story short, I gave up many times but nothing quiet that determined voice in my head that told me to persevere until I found a doctor that would help me. First came a highly reputable doctor in Boston who unfortunately operated on the wrong side of the eye. Although I had a very tiny ping on that side, the advanced procedure he used during the surgery left the eye looking worse than it did before. Nevertheless, it is still somewhat better in the sense that the redness had been reduced somewhat, but as a trade-off I got discoloration and some residual redness there. Now on to the side where the actual ping existed - there the growth was the largest and most prominent which was the crux of my angst. The next doctor that I found in Miami, who became the answer to my prayers, removed the yellow elastoid growth by using the bare sclera excision technique - sort of the cut and stitch method. Now the redness is gone, however, there is some residual pinkish cast veins around that area hardly visible unless you're extremely close to me - and in my husband's opinion too close, but other than that, the end result is far far better than pre-surgery.

Unfortunately the digital camera that I have does not take close-ups clearly, and what you get is a big blur of the eyeball itself - not exactly the type of post-op photo that I'd like to broadcast but hopefully the description that I provided will suffice for now. For you weary ping sufferers, please consider getting it excised. I've been on this emotional roller coaster long enough and I figured that it was time that I got off it. I can't say that through it all I haven't learned a great deal about myself, my willpower and courage, but at some point, we have to make that great leap forward in order to achieve success. I certainly hope you guys get there a lot sooner and without many of the heartaches that I experienced.

Re: Pinguecula
Jan 11, 2005

I found that doctors as a whole don't won't want to perform this excision surgery as they feel it's opening a Pandora's box of future problems. My doctor who became my guardian angel, told me the same thing but in the end, the patient suffers because there is really nothing other than the surgical excision that will provide long-term relief. The surgery itself was a simple procedure done with numbing drops and local sedation. I didn't feel a thing and the healing takes roughly three weeks or so. The redness goes away relatively quickly so the downtime is minimal. In the end, you have to go to the right doctor and for me he happened to practice out of Miami whereas I live in New York. It was worth the trip, time and money as the end result has finally given me hope and mental relief from the stress of having the pings. I don't care if everyone tells you that they don't notice the ping, as long as it bothers you, you should do something about it. It's quite liberating not having to wake up each morning wondering how you're eyes look that day. Dr. Tseng also discovered during my surgery that I had wrinkled conjunctiva - a condition that's frequently mentioned on this forum (dry eye) and he corrected that as well. That condition also attributes to the constant redness, irritation and dryness as the conjunctiva itself is not adhering properly to the sclera underneath the tissue surface. It's that loosening of the conjunctiva that prevents quality tear distribution across the ocular surface - and may be possibly linked to the pingecuela itself. I would consider seeing him instead of wasting your time as I did with countless, and I mean countless other doctors. Any one who has had contact with him has found him to be extremely accomodating and helpful. Plus his collegues consider him to the leading specialist for dry eyes and a brilliant doctor. Hope this helps.


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