Pterygium is a fairly common eye condition that commonly effects people who spend a lot of time outdoors in the sun. A pterygium is an abnormal wedge shaped growth on the cornea of the eye.  This elevated growth is the result of an abnormal process in which the conjunctiva grows onto the cornea. It’s not a cancer the exact reason pterygium occurs and forms is not really fully understood. This lesion usually grows slowly throughout one’s life, and may stop growing in some patients. A pterygium can affect one or both eyes, when both eyes are affected it is called “Bilateral Pterygium”.

It is the belief that long term exposure to ultra violet light along with chronic dry eye conditions seem to contribute to their development. Patients who suffer from this eye condition are most often between the ages of 20 and 40. Ptrygium is more common in men than in women.

Typical Symptoms of Ptrygium

In some cases a pterygium may have no symptoms at all except the appearance of a bump. However, many patients with enlarged ptertyium will experience inflammation and redness of the eye. Other symptoms include:

  • Itching eyes
  • Burning feeling
  • Gritty feeling when you blink
  • Blurred vision
  • Sensation of something in your eye

Below are two videos that provide and overview information about Ptrygium and a treatment overview for patients who suffer from pterygium.  


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If you are experiencing any eye discomfort or abnormal eye issues you should contact Dr. Roberts at Shady Grove Ophthalmology today to schedule an eye exam.