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PTERYGIUM

WHAT IS PTERYGIUM?

It is an abnormal mass of tissue superimposed around the eye over the cornea or conjunctiva, inner surface of the eye that is usually transparent y with no blood vessels. 

It grows in a white triangular shape that distorts the vision according to its condition.

SYMPTOMS

The main symptom of pterygium is itchy eye and the permanent sensation of a foreign body inside the eye, and visible red blood vessels. Diagnosis is confirmed with physical examination of the eyes and eyelids. There is usually no need for special exams.

TREATMENT

There is no need for surgery unless the pterygium starts to obstruct vision in a direct way, causing a secondary astigmatism, in which case it has to be removed by means of surgery. Protective glasses and hats must be used to prevent its development and recurrence. Topical anti-inflammatory should be used in case of symptomatic inflammation.

It is recommended to visit FUDEM’s ophthalmologists to rule out other similar conditions, but of different causes.


People with pterygium should see an ophthalmologist once a year to stop a corneal invasion before there is vision interference.


Medical assistance should be looed for If there was a pterygium in the past or if the symptoms reappear.