A pterygium is a 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. The growth might spread slowly during your life or stop after a certain point. In extreme cases, it can cover your pupil and cause vision problems.
Pterygium can be caused by excessive exposure to sun and wind. The growth could show up in one eye or both. When it affects both, it’s known as a bilateral pterygium. Though it isn’t usually a serious condition, it can cause annoying symptoms. You might feel like you having something in your eye. Or it may get red and irritated and require medical or surgical 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.
Dr. Kelly and his staff perform a highly effective pterygium treatment which can have excellent functional and cosmetic results. If you have any questions or would like to learn more, please give us a call or reach out to us on social media!