A pterygium is a benign growth in the inner corner of the eye. It evolves very slowly and is probably triggered by long term exposure to ultraviolet rays from the sun and to dry and dusty conditions, making it quite common here in Australia.
In its early stages, it can cause irritation of the eye which will often respond to treatment with eye drops. As it grows and becomes fleshy and red in the inner corner of the eye, it can be of cosmetic concern.
Pterygium can be diagnosed by our ophthalmologist who will perform an examination of the eye and eyelids. The recommended treatment will depend on the size and extent of the pterygium.
In more advanced cases it can grow further into the cornea and block vision. In this case, pterygium surgery has a very high success rate of restoring good cosmetic appearance, comfort and better vision.
This involves the placement of a graft of conjunctival tissue from under the eyelid which decreases the likelihood of recurrence.