Pterygium (pronounced tur-IJ-ee-um) is a common eye condition that affects people who spend a lot of time outdoors. People with pterygium have a growth of pink, fleshy tissue on the white of the eye. It usually forms on the side closest to the nose.
Pterygium is also known as surfer's eye because it often affects surfers.
It is a noncancerous lesion that usually grows slowly throughout life. Or it may stop growing after a certain point. In rare cases a pterygium can continue growing until it covers...
Symptoms may get worse at the end of the day and in drafty,
dry, smoky, or dusty environments.
Dry eye may also cause a type
of keratitis (inflammation of the cornea). Changes in the type of
contact lens and the way the lens sits on the eye may help correct this
Dry eye symptoms can be especially bad in
people who wear soft contact lenses. Soft lenses absorb water from the eye
surface and make the eye dry. Dryness may lead to patchy loss of cells in the
cornea. Trying a different type of lens may help the problem.
Primary Medical Reviewer
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Christopher J. Rudnisky, MD, MPH, FRCSC - Ophthalmology
June 24, 2011
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
June 24, 2011
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