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Pterygium or Surfers eye

Pterygium or Surfer’s eye 

What is Pterygium?

Pterygium is also known as Surfer’s eye. It is an extra growth that develops on the conjunctiva or the mucous membrane that covers the sclera (white part of the eye). It usually grows from the nasal side of the conjunctiva.



What are the causes of Pterygium?

  •     Pterygium may cause due to dryness in the eyes.
  •     It may cause due to exposure to the ultraviolet rays for long time.
  •     It may cause due to the dust

Symptoms of Pterygium?

  • Foreign body sensation
  • Tearing from eyes
  • Dryness of eyes
  • Redness
  • Blurred vision
  • Eye irritation

Tests for Diagnosing Pterygium?

  • Slit lamp examination
  • A visual Activity test- It involves reading letters on an eye chart.
  • Corneal Topography –it is used to measure the curvature changes in your cornea.
  • Photo Documentation- It involves taking pictures to track the growth rate of Pterygium.



Treatment for Pterygium?

Medical:- If the Pterygium is causing lot of irritation or redness, the doctor will prescribe eye ointment to reduce the inflammation.

Surgical:-If the Pterygium is growing and don’t provide relief from ointment.  Eye doctor will recommend Surgery to remove the Pterygium.



What are the complications of Pterygium?

  • The most common complication of Pterygium is recurrence.
  • Post-operative complication of Pterygium surgery include:-
  1. Chances of infection.
  2. Corneal Scarring.
  3. Reaction to suture material.
  4. Retinal detachment (Rarely)
  5. Conjunctival graft dehiscence
  6. Diplopia


About Advanced Eye Hospital And Institute and Institute:


Advanced Eye Hospital And Institute and Institute in Navi Mumbai is equipped with one of the best eye hospitals in Mumbai.  Comprehensive eye check-up and the operation theatres are state-of-art and equipped with the best diagnostic and surgery machines. Personalized care, infection free modular operation theatres and beautiful ambiance complement the cutting edge eye care offered at AEHI. Besides treating patients from Kharghar, Nerul, Vashi and Panvel, patients from all over western India travel to AEHI for world class eye care management.