Pterygium

A pterygium is pink, triangle-shaped growth of tissue that starts at the thin tissue of the eye, covers the white part of the eye and extends to the cornea. This growth can gradually expand throughout a person’s life or eventually stop progressing.

Blood vessels within the pterygium can form scar tissue. As the pterygium becomes worse, this scar tissue can cause astigmatism or even distort the surface of the eye. Thankfully, most mild cases of pterygium don’t show symptoms or require treatment.

Some of the signs of pterygium include:

  • A gritty feeling in the eye
  • A raised red, pink or white lesion in the eye
  • Blurry vision
  • Burning or itchiness in the eye

Causes

Pterygium can be caused by excessive exposure to sun and wind.

Treatment

If you experience any of the symptoms of a pterygium – or if you have frequent exposure to sun and wind – be sure to contact Kelly Vision Center immediately. If left unattended, this growth can lead to severe scarring on your cornea, which can ultimately cause vision loss.

In mild cases, a lubricant or eye drops will be prescribed to reduce swelling, redness and other symptoms. If the pterygium is large and causing painful symptoms, surgical removal may be necessary to keep it from affecting your sight.