Pterygium

pink tissue growth on left eye

Pterygium is characterized by a pink tissue growth on the sclera (the white part of the eye), which seems to be the result of chronic exposure to ultraviolet light. In fact, because many surfers suffer from pterygium, the condition is often called surfer’s eye. Pterygium is not cancerous and may continue to grow gradually or stop growing after a certain point. If symptoms are mild, the condition does not require treatment. However, if the condition starts to interfere with vision, treatment may become necessary.

Pterygium Cause and Symptoms

A pterygium is spurred on by exposure to the sun and wind. For this reason, the condition is often referred to as surfer's eye. Pterygia often cause a foreign body sensation and can become red and swollen. When a pterygium grows large enough, it can distort the shape of the eye, causing astigmatism and visual acuity problems.

Pterygium Diagnosis and Treatment

An eye care professional will make a diagnosis based on a close observation with a slit lamp. Pterygium treatment depends on the severity of symptoms, whether the pterygium is growing, and its causes. Mild cases can be treated with steroid eye drops. Severe cases require surgical removal, usually performed in the doctor's office with local anesthetics. To prevent regrowth, an eye care provider might perform an autologous conjunctival autografting.

New patients receive 20% off frames and lenses.

*Not valid with insurance or other discounts*

Testimonials

  • "Content Coming Soon!"

    - Eye Concepts

Contact Us

We look forward to hearing from you

Hours of Operation

Due to COVID-19, hours and operations may change. Appointments only. No walk-ins.

Eye Concepts

Monday

9:30 am - 5:00 pm

Tuesday

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Wednesday

9:30 am - 5:00 pm

Thursday

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Friday

9:30 am - 5:00 pm

Saturday

Closed

Sunday

Closed

Camden Eye Care Center

Monday

8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Tuesday

8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Wednesday

8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Thursday

8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Friday

Closed

Saturday

Closed

Sunday

Closed

Eye Concepts

Monday
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed

Camden Eye Care Center

Monday
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Friday
Closed
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed

Our Location