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A pterygium is a dense, fibrous, non-cancerous growth on top of a clear, thin membrane that lies over the white part of the eye (the sclera). It describes the condition of hazy vision usually caused by overexposure to the sun’s harmful UV rays or environmental irritants like dust and wind.

A pterygium is a growth caused by overexposure to the earth’s natural elements and cannot be cured with glasses or contacts. It is found mostly in people that spend long periods of time outdoors, and though it is often confused with cataracts, a pterygium requires different treatment. It can form on one or both eyes, and can come from one or both corners of the eye.

Symptoms of Pterygiums

  • Hazy vision
  • Completely blocked vision

Treating Pterygiums

At Kleiman Evangelista Eye Centers, the removal of a pterygium is a simple, in-office procedure that only takes about ten minutes. Doctors administer a local anesthetic to help you remain comfortable throughout the procedure. Following the removal, you will receive an antibiotic ointment and an eye patch which should be worn overnight. A return visit to our office is required the day after the procedure for a follow-up treatment. There is very little downtime associated with pterygium removal and most patients are able to return to work and normal activity the next day. Your doctor will advise you on future follow-up visits and further treatment needs.