Pterygium, also called surfer’s eye, leads to the growth of fleshy tissues in the white of the eye. When it occurs in both eyes and not just one, it is called bilateral Pterygium. Although Pterygium is not a very serious health hazard, it may irritate the patient. He or she may feel that a foreign body is stuck in his or her eyes at all times. The tissue that develops in the eyes is situated towards the centre, near the nose. In cases of Pterygium that are more advanced, the tissue may grow so large that the patient’s vision may be compromised.
HOW IS PTERYGIUM DIAGNOSED?
People who live near the equatorial regions are more likely to develop Pterygium.