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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.

Pterygium Symptoms

  • 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.

Pterygium Treatment:

  • 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.