What is Pterygium?

A pterygium is a non-cancerous growth of the clear, thin tissue (conjunctiva) that lays over the white part of the eye (sclera). In some cases, a pterygium can extend to the cornea. The cause is unknown, however statistic shows that it is more common in people with excess outdoor exposure to sunlight and wind. Pterygium is common in aging adults but is rare amongst children.

Pterygium Signs and Symptoms​

  • A painless area of raised white tissue, with blood vessels on the inner or outer edge of the cornea.
  • Sometimes it can become inflamed, causing a burning and irritating sensation, or a feeling as though there is something foreign in the eye
  • Increased dryness
  • Increase in Astigmatism (glare)
Post Surgery Pterygium

Pterygium Treatment

  • Surgical removal
  • Can be prevented by wearing sunglasses outdoor
  • Regular use of artificial tears may reduce the dryness for mild cases.

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