A Pterygium is a benign growth growth which starts at either side of the cornea (clear center of the eye) and gradually progresses, growing over the cornea towards the center. The growth may appear white from scar tissue; or red, due to dilated blood vessels.
Pterygium can affect one or both eyes and may be accompanied by some of the following symptoms:
- Gritty Sensation
- Foreign body sensation
- Burning or itching
- Red Eye
Pterygia are a result of UV exposure. They can be irritated further by dust and wind.
Another term for pterygium is “surfer’s eye.” It is common in people who spend a great deal of time outside with excessive sun exposure.
When a pterygium is small it is best treated with artificial tears and by wearing UV blocking/ polarized sunglasses. In advanced cases, pterygium can cause constant discomfort and irritation, or impede vision. For these patients, surgical removal is the best option.
If you live in the Austin area and suffer from pterygium, Heart of Texas Eye Institute has the specialized training and experience to remove pterygium while reducing the risk of recurrence and giving the best chance for a great cosmetic result.