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Pterygium

Pterygium General Information.

Pterygium (tur-IJ-ee-um) is a noncancerous growth on the conjunctiva (the outer white layer of the eye). It is most often found in people who spend a lot of time outside such as sailors or surfers and associated with extended periods of exposure to ultraviolet light, such as sunlight, low humidity, and dust particles.

Pterygium that can either grow slowly through time or stop growing at a certain point. Treatment is surgical removal of the growth if it is actively increasing in size and threatens to encroach on the pupil area.

Pterygium usually only affects one eye however can affect both eyes known as “bilateral pterygium”.

The most common symptoms of pterygium include:

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