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A Pterygium is the exuberant growth of the conjunctiva (the clear covering over the white part of the eye) over the cornea (the clear front structure of the eye). We believe it develops as a result of long term exposure to the sun, especially UV rays, wind, and chronic eye irritation from dry, dusty environments. Dry eyes are more susceptible to the development of Pterygium.

Pterygia often cause discomfort and redness and can be treated with eye drops or ointments. If it is very large, surgical removal may be necessary. Avoiding the sun, wind, and dusty environments will be important in preventing reoccurrence of the pterygium after proper surgical removal.


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