A pterygium is a pink fleshy growth of the conjunctiva or mucous membrane that covers the white part of your eye over the cornea. The cornea is the clear front covering of the eye. This benign or noncancerous growth is often shaped like a wedge. A pterygium usually doesn’t cause problems but can look unsightly and if left to grow too big can interfere with vision. It is thought to be caused by too much exposure to ultraviolet (UV). It occurs more often in people who live in warm climates like the Caribbean and spend a lot of time outdoors in sunny or windy environments.

The Ophthalmologist at Vision Express may recommend surgery to remove the pterygium. Surgery is definitely done when a pterygium causes a loss of vision. You can also discuss surgical procedures with the Ophthalmologist if you want the pterygium removed for cosmetic reasons. Pterygium Surgery is a minor same day procedure and recovery is usually within a couple of days. A pterygium growth can return unless eye protection against UV light from the sun is used daily.


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