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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

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