What is Pterygium?
If you look closely in the mirror, you may notice a growth or tissue patch at the side of the eye. It can be located at either side of the eye but it is usually located close to the nasal side. This condition is called Pterygium.
Pterygium may start out as pinguecula ( a small deposit of protein, fat or calcium at same location as Pterygium. )
What causes Pterygium?
Pterygium is caused by frequent exposure to ultraviolet rays from the sun coupled with dust and irritants.
Can it be avoided?
If you don’t have the growth on your eye at all, it can absolutely be avoided. All you have to do is to always wear sunglasses when you are outdoor to protect the eyes from the UV rays and dust.
And what can I do if I have have pterygium?
The treatment options for pterygrium depends on the severity and effect it has on the eye. If it is a small sized growth, just take measures discussed above to ensure it doesn’t grow larger. The use of lubricating eye drops can help prevent it from getting inflammed. However, when it is large enough such that it is extending to the center of the eye, surgery will be needed to remove.
You should visit the eye clinic for eye examination if you notice any growth on the eye surface.
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