What is Pterygium?

Pterygium (pronounced “tur-IJ-ee-um”) is commonly referred to as “surfer’s eye” or “farmer’s eye”

A pterygium is a triangle-shaped, noncancerous growth on the eye. Although it’s not typically a medical emergency and it may clear up on its own, some patients may experience symptoms such as:
  • Astigmatism (if the shape of your cornea becomes distorted)
  • Blurry vision (if the pterygium covers your pupil)
  • Feeling of a foreign sensation
  • Redness, burning, or itching

Risk Factors

  • Genetics: Pterygium can be hereditary
  • Age: it is more common over 40
  • Gender: men are more susceptible
  • Outdoor Activities: exposure to sun
  • Immune System Disorders

Preventing Pterygium

  • Wear UV protection sunglasses when outdoors
  • Reduce your exposure to dusty, windy and low-humidity environments
  • Wear wide-brim hats to shield your eyes from the sun
If you notice a growth on your eye, it is best to have it checked by a medical professional.
You may be at greater risk due to exposure to damaging ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun.

We offer Pterygium Removal options including treatment and surgery!

Treating Pterygium

If your symptoms are causing you distress, our team can help.

We may recommend treatments to reduce irritation:
  • Over-the-counter eye ointments
  • Lubricated eyedrops
  • Prescription medications
We can also discuss surgical options and work out a payment plan that suits your needs!

Call (760)-299-7277 or click here to request a free consultation!