The primary cause of pterygium is cumulative UV radiation, typically from sun exposure. Dry, windy, and dusty conditions can also contribute to its growth. Ptergyium are often seen in sunny San Diego and Southern California in surfers, boaters, soccer players and those who work outside, like landscapers and construction workers. Like skin made wrinkled and leathery by sun damage, the conjunctiva responds to UV damage by becoming rough, thick, and filled with blood vessels. The thickened and uneven surface causes irritation and ultimately, trouble seeing. Left untreated, pterygium can rob you of your sight.
Dr. Sandy Feldman of ClearView Eye & Laser Medical Center offers the latest treatments for pterygium, including no-stitch removal. Learn more about the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of pterygium.
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