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Pterygium



A pterygium is a benign growth of vessels on the conjunctiva, which is the thin covering on the white part of the eye. They can vary in appearance from looking like chronic pink eye only on eye side of the colored part of the eye to very large red colored patches that cover the eye.

They are generally caused by sun exposure, low humidity, or genetics. Although they are not harmful, they can cause issues with vision, irritation and appearance. They may at times be confused with other problems such as infections or tumors, so seeing an eye doctor is always recommended as they can use a slit lamp microscope to determine the best treatment for the problem.

Your surgeon will evaluate to make sure the diagnosis is correct and discuss the options with you. The growth can be surgically removed using various techniques that are individualized to your specific situation. Even with the best of surgeries, these growths can recur so wearing sunglasses and preventing dry eye is helpful after surgery. In addition your doctor can also recommend other treatments to help prevent worsening or recurrence.

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