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Pterygium

Pterygium is a common eye condition that generally affects people who spend a lot of time outdoors. Pterygium is a growth of pink, fleshy tissue on the white of the eye, usually growing from the inner corner of the eye toward to iris.


Pterygium is non-cancerous, and usually grows slowly throughout life. This growth may even stop after a certain point, but is capable of growing until it covers the pupil. When the growth gets to this point, vision will be affected. The growth may sometimes become red or irritated, and may require medical treatment.


Sometimes the growth has no symptoms other than its appearance, but if it becomes irritated you may experience itching, burning, and blurred vision. While this is not a serious condition, some may find that they want it removed for cosmetic reasons. Our doctors at Westlake Eye Specialists in Austin and Kyle are experienced in both non-surgical and surgical treatment of pterygium. 


This is not a serious condition, but when it interferes with sight, it is best to take action to remove it.  Unfortunately, pterygium may return despite proper surgical removal. To help prevent future occurrences, surface radiation, conjunctival implants (grafts), or chemotherapy medications can be utilized.


If you have noticed a growth on your eye, always contact your eye doctor. Give us a call at Westlake Eye Specialists in Austin and Kyle to schedule an appointment for your pterygium removal today!