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Also known as Surfer’s Eye, it refers to a benign growth on the conjunctiva (the thin, moist part of the surface of the eye). This grows from the nasal side of the sclera part of the eye. It is oftentimes present within the palpebral fissure. Many believe it is caused by ultraviolet-light exposure, dust and low humidity. It primarily grows on the nasal side because the sun’s rays pass laterally through the cornea.
This common eye condition affects those who spend a lot of time outdoors. Typically, they have an overgrowth of pink, fleshy tissue on the white of each eye. It starts showing on the nasal side of the eye first. Some symptoms of pterygium include burning, itching, blurred vision, sensation of a foreign body and a gritty feeling. A lot of the time this condition is preceded by pinguecula, a noncancerous condition. A yellow patch or bump forms on the conjunctiva near the cornea of the eye.
Treatment of this condition can include eye drops, ointment or even steroids. In more severe cases, they can be surgically removed during an outpatient surgery.