Pterygiums is a skin growth on the eye. This growth can and should be removed. At BEST LASIK, Dr. Cheng specialize in treating Vision Threatening problems before they occur. If you have this growth and are in need of a check up Call us for a FREE EVALUATION. A pterygium is a fleshy growth that invades the cornea ( the clear front window of the eye). It is an abnormal process in which the conjunctiva ( a membrane that covers the white of the eye) grows into the cornea. Pterygia may be small or grow large enough to interfere with vision. It usually commonly occur on the inner corner of the eye.
What causes Pterygium?
The exact cause is not well understood. Pterygium occurs more often in people who spend a great deal of time outdoors, especially in sunny climates. Long-term exposure to sunlight, especially ultra-violet (UV) rays, and chronic eye irritation from dry; dusty conditions seem to play an important causal role.
When a pterygium becomes red and irritated, topical eye-drops or ointment may be used to help reduce the inflammation. If the pterygium is large enough to threaten sight, is growing or is unsightly, it can be removed surgically.