Pterygium is usually found in those with frequent exposure to sun, wind and sandy conditions; it most often affects farmers, fishermen and those who live close to the equator.
- Painless raised area of white tissue with blood vessels, usually found on the edge of the cornea
- Pterygium often has no symptoms but it can get inflamed and cause an irritating sensation.
- Pterygium can affect vision if the pterygia actually covers the cornea
A simple eye and eyelid exam by your ophthalmologist will confirm pterygium.
- Treatment is usually not needed for pterygium
- Artificial tears may be used to keep the pterygium from becoming inflamed
- Steroid drops may be used if the pterygium becomes inflamed
- Surgery is an option for cosmetic or vision obstruction reasons
If you have pterygium you should have an annual ophthalmology appointment.
Wearing a hat or sunglasses may help prevent pterygium.