A benign growth that appears on the white part of the eye.
Pterygium is a benign growth that appears on the conjunctiva, ( the white part of the eye). It is often referred to as “Surfer’s Eye” as it s often found in people who spend a lot of time outdoors. This growth can be surgically removed if required.
What is pterygium?
Pterygium is fleshy tissue that grows from the corner of the eye on the sclera (the white of the eye) toward the cornea (the clear front cover of the eye). It most commonly occurs on the inner corner of the eye and grows in a triangular shape.
Pterygium is usually caused by long-term exposure to sunlight, especially ultraviolet (UV) light. Hence, pterygium is more common amongst people who spend a great deal of time outdoors. Wearing UV protective sunglasses is highly important in preventing or slowing down the growth of a pterygium.
A pterygium may grow large enough to encroach on the cornea and interfere with the vision. Pterygium may also cause symptoms of redness, irritation and discomfort. It is very important that a pterygium be monitored by an Optometrist to ensure that it is not affecting your vision.
If you think you may be suffering from any of these symptoms please contact The Eye Practice to make an appointment with one of our friendly Optometrists on (02) 9290 1899.
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