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Pterygium in Philadelphia, PA

Ophthalmic Partners treats pterygium for patients in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Cherry Hill, New Jersey; and communities nearby.

What is pterygium?

A pterygium is a benign growth in the thin, clear tissue (conjunctiva) over the white part of one or both eyes (sclera). It usually grows from the inner nasal corner, creating a painless area of raised tissue with a web of small red blood vessels. It can sometimes become inflamed, and symptoms include irritation, burning, or the sensation of a foreign object in the eye.

What causes pterygium?

Actual causes are unknown, but pterygium is more common in individuals who work outdoors or live in sunny, windy, or dusty areas. Long-term exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays and chronic irritation from dusty, dry conditions increases risk. The condition is rare in children.

What are the risk factors for pterygium?

The most recognized risk factors for pterygium, or “surfer’s eye,” are age 20 to 40 years and living in sunny climates. Men are more likely to develop pterygium than women.

How can pterygium be prevented?

While the exact cause of pterygium is unknown, there are certain measures you can take to decrease your likelihood of developing pterygium, such as wearing sunglasses with UV protection and covering your eyes when you are outdoors, especially in dusty and windy conditions.

How is pterygium diagnosed?

During your eye exam, your eye doctor uses a special instrument known as a “slit lamp” to determine if you have pterygium.

How is pterygium treated?

Pterygium is diagnosed through a physical exam. No treatment is required unless the pterygium begins to interfere with vision or symptoms are causing problems. Minimizing exposure to dry, dusty conditions and ultraviolet light can lessen symptoms. Pterygium growths are removed with a minimally invasive surgical procedure.

Additional Eye Disorders

Early detection of eye disease is the best defense against vision loss, particularly for individuals over the age of 40. Should you experience any vision problems that could be an indicator of an eye disorder, contact one of our offices in Philadelphia, PA, Bala Cynwyd, PA, or Marlton, NJ, as soon as possible to book an assessment.

The eye doctors and surgeons at Ophthalmic Partners have the necessary expertise and experience to diagnose, manage, and treat complex eye disorders and disease. Visit us today to keep your eyes healthy and your vision clear.