Also called the surfer's’ eye, Pterygium is a problem that affects people who spend a great deal of time outdoors. These individuals would have a growth of pink coloured fleshy tissue on their conjunctiva. This would be accompanied with sign of constant itching and burning sensation. The eye also tends to appear more red and one feels that there is something constantly inside the same.
HOW IS PTERYGIUM DIAGNOSED?
While the exact cause of Pterygium is unknown, an Ophthalmologist diagnoses Pterygium by conducting a physical examination and corneal topography to measure the curvature changes in the cornea.
HOW IS PTERYGIUM TREATED?
Treatment for Pterygium includes use of eye drops that helps to moisturise the eyes. Alongside ointments are given for external application and soothing the skin around the eyes. Certain kinds of steroid eye drops are also provided to sooth the eyes.
DID YOU KNOW?
A Pterygium can lead to severe scarring on the cornea but this is a rare occurrence.