What exactly is a pterygium? My ophthalmologist says I have the beginnings of one.
S n Kulkarni, Rajkot A pterygium is a 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 common cause is too much exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light. People exposed to sand, smoke, dust or pollution on a regular basis are more prone to it. Typically, it starts with redness in the inner corner of the eyes, with itchy and blurred eyes. If it spreads, it can cover your pupil and lead to loss of vision. If a pterygium has reached up to 3 mm on the eye, it should be removed. The procedure is simple, however, please do consult your doctor.
Dr Keiki r Mehta, Ophthalmologist