Pterygium is commonly called surfer’s eye or farmer’s eye, but you don’t have to be a surfer or a farmer to get this eye condition. However, if you spend a lot of time outdoors for your work or fun, with a lot of exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays, you can be at greater risk of developing this visible growth on your eye.
A pterygium will appear as a raised, white or pink tissue on the white of one or both eyes, near the area close to your nose. Although it’s not typically a medical emergency and it may clear up on its own, some people are self-conscious about the appearance of this condition. You can also start to experience vision problems or eye irritations such as:
- Astigmatism if the shape of your cornea becomes distorted
- Blurry vision if the growth covers your pupil
- Feeling of a foreign sensation
Treatments for Pterygium
If your symptoms or the appearance of the growth are causing you distress, our team at Azul Vision can help. We may simply need to recommend over-the-counter eye ointments, lubricated eyedrops or prescription medications to reduce the irritations. If these methods are unsuccessful, we may discuss surgical treatment options.
Know How to Reduce Your Risk
People in the 20-40 age range (especially men) and people with dry eye are more prone to developing pterygium, but it can occur in anyone. To reduce your risk of developing this condition, wear 99%-100% UVA and UVB protection sunglasses (preferably wrap-around) when you are outside and reduce your exposure to dusty/windy and low humidity environments. Wide brim hats can also help shield your eyes from the sun.
If you notice a growth on your eye, it’s best to have the area checked out by a professional. Contact us today to arrange an appointment.
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