A pterygium is a growth that develops on the conjunctiva or mucous membrane that covers the white part of your eye. It’s a benign or noncancerous growth that’s often shaped like a wedge. In some cases, a pterygium can extend to the cornea. This is the clear part of your eye that covers your iris and pupil. A pterygium usually doesn't cause problems or require treatment, but it can be removed if it interferes with your vision. Common symptoms include redness, blurred vision, and eye irritation. You might also feel a burning sensation or itchiness.
HOW IS PTERYGIUM DIAGNOSED?
You will need to consult with an Ophthalmologist for diagnosis and treatment of Pterygium. The doctor will use a slit lamp to take a closer look at the front part of your eye. Other tests to check the status of the vision and the extent of the problem will also be done.
HOW IS PTERYGIUM TREATED?
A Pterygium doesn't cause problems or require treatment but it can be removed if it interferes with the vision. In a severe case of Pterygium, doctor may recommend surgery to remove Pterygium of eye drops.
DID YOU KNOW?
A Pterygium can lead to severe scarring on the cornea but this is a rare occurrence.