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  • I have a small white boil near the pupil on the white part of the eye. It’s not painful, but has some irritation. Is this anything to worry about?


    Question:

    I have a small white boil near the pupil on the white part of the eye. It's not painful, but has some irritation. Is this anything to worry about?


    Answer:

    The "boil" you are referring to may be a common growth on the white part of the eye called a pterygium. These growths are not painful, can be mildly irritating, and sometimes require surgical removal if they invade the cornea (the small circular clear window at the front part of the eye.). If the boil does not clear by itself in a matter of weeks, check with your ophthalmologist to determine whether treatment is needed.