Pterygium is a benign growth on the white part of the eye, usually on the side closest to the nose. It is common in people who spend a lot of time outdoors, and is sometimes colloquially called “surfer’s eye”. Although not entirely understood, frequent exposure to sunlight, dust and dryness are believed to play a pivotal role in the development of these noncancerous growths. Pterygium can affect one or both eyes and, as it grows, can cause irritation and discomfort, as well as interfere with vision.
In some cases, pterygium doesn’t require treatment, or needs only eye drops to treat irritation. However, if it causes persistent discomfort or impedes vision, pterygium can be surgically removed. The doctors at Wellish Vision Institute specialize in advanced techniques to reduce the risk of recurrence and offer the best chances of a great cosmetic result.