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Pterygium

Treatment for Pterygium

Pterygium Sometimes called Surfer’s Eye because it is more common in people who spend a lot of time in the sun or who work outdoors, a pterygium is a growth that starts on the clear tissue of the eye that can spread to the cornea.

A pterygium is a noncancerous, triangular growth that may occur on one or both eyes. The pink fleshy painless growth may be slightly raised and contain obvious blood vessels. It may cause irritation and possibly affect vision.

Primary causes include heavy exposure to ultraviolet light and irritants like dust and wind. Treatment usually isn’t necessary. But prescription eye drops or surgery may help in more severe cases.

 

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