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Pterygium: Easier to Say Surfer’s Eye

Some people call it ”eye web” and some call it “surfer’s eye.” Pterygium (ter-ih-gee-um) is a fleshy growth that emanates from the corner of the eye and may cover part of the cornea. Pterygium starts as a pinguecula, a yellow spot made of calcium, fat or protein. Dry eyes may cause pinguecula and pterygium. The conditions may also be caused by frequent exposure to wind, dust and the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) light rays.

lf you have had a pinguecula or pterygium before, try to avoid things that cause these growths. Here are some ways to prevent problems:

  • Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from ultraviolet (UV) light
  • Protect your eyes from dust by wearing glasses or goggles
  • Use artificial tears when your eyes are very dry

Treatment is necessary only when you have uncomfortable symptoms or your vision is hampered. If you are not sure or you have questions about your condition, talk to one of the doctors at The Eye Associates Group.