A pterygium (
Though it’s commonly called “surfer’s eye,” you don’t have to be a surfer or ever see the ocean to get a pterygium. But being in bright sunlight for long hours — especially when you are on
Pterygia are benign (non-cancerous) growths, but they can permanently disfigure the eye. They also can cause discomfort and blurry vision.
Did you know…
Although ultraviolet radiation from the sun appears to be the primary cause for the development and growth of pterygia, dust and wind are sometimes implicated too, as is dry eye disease.
Pterygia usually develop in 30- to 50-year-olds, and these bumps on the eyeball rarely are seen in children. Having light skin and light eyes may put you at increased risk of getting a
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the symptoms?
Sometimes, a pterygium causes no symptoms other than its appearance. An enlarging pterygium, however, may cause redness and inflammation.
A pterygium can progressively grow onto the cornea (the clear, outer layer of the eye). This can distort the shape of the cornea, causing a condition called astigmatism. The result can be blurred vision.
Symptoms of pterygium may include:
- Blurred vision
Sensationof a foreign body in the eye
- Gritty feeling
If you experience any of the
In what ways can an eye doctor diagnose & treat Pterygium at Ophthalmic Suites?
Your Ophthalmic Suites eye doctors examine your eyes is the first step to making the correct diagnosis and receiving the appropriate