Dr. Black's Eye Associates of Southern Indiana
302 West 14th Street, Suite 100A
Jeffersonville, IN 47130
Phone: (812) 284-0660
Monday—Friday | 8 a.m.– 5 p.m.
What is pterygium?
A pterygium is a growth on the scleral conjunctiva (the thin moist membrane that covers the “white” of the eye). This wedge-shaped growth invades the cornea, but pterygium is non-cancerous. As it grows, a pterygium looks like a film growing over the eye.
What causes pterygium?
Pterygium are thought to be caused by exposure to sunlight.
What are the symptoms of pterygium?
Most often, a pterygium does not cause symptoms, and generally do not require treatment. However, if a ptergium becomes inflamed (swollen or red), or if it grows larger or thickens, it can make you feel as if you have something in your eye. A large pterygium can cause astigmatism.