Pterygium is a benign growth of fleshy tissue on the white part of the eye, usually on the side closest to the nose and growing inward toward the middle of the eye. Sometimes referred to as “surfer’s eye,” it is common in people who spend a great deal of time outside. Factors believed to contribute to the development of pterygium are; frequent exposure to sunlight, dry eye, and exposure to irritants such as dust and wind.

Pterygium can affect one or both eyes and may be accompanied by some of the following symptoms:
• Gritty feeling
• Feeling of having a foreign body in the eye
• Burning or itching
• Blurred vision

In some cases, no treatment is required, or some patients need only eye drops for irritation. For others, pterygium can cause constant discomfort or irritation, or impede vision. For these patients, surgical removal is the best option.

If you live in the Austin area and suffer from pterygium, Heart of Texas Eye Institute has the specialized training and experience to remove pterygium while reducing the risk of recurrence and giving the best chance for a great cosmetic result.