It’s a non-cancerous fibrovascular growth that starts in the clear, thin tissue of the eye. It grows slowly cover the white part of the eye and extend on to the cornea. In many instances, surgical intervention is not needed, unless the pterygium extends on to the cornea, and has the potential to, or starts to disrupt vision. Causes for pterygium are unknown, but it is common in people who have lots of exposure to light and wind.
Painless area of raised white tissue that has no blood vessels on the inner or outer edge of the cornea. Sometimes it has no symptoms. However, it may become inflamed and you might feel like there’s something in your eyes.
If the pterygium is growing towards your visual axis or has the potential to cause vision disturbance, surgical intervention is usually recommended. The surgery is a quick procedure that only last for half an hour. Patients will be light sedated and their eyes will be completely numb. The surgery consists of removing the Pterygium and replacing it with graft or tissue which is glued into place. After the surgery, you won’t be able to drive yourself home due to the sedation. You’ll be able to return to work in about 2 days.