Does your eye have a new growth on it that
appears to go from the white part of your eye to the clear part of your eye? If so, you may have a pterygium. A pterygium is a white, fleshy growth that
extends from the white part of your eye over the top of your iris. Often, especially if it stays small, it does
not cause any symptoms. However, in some cases, it can cause your
eyes to become red, itchy, irritated, and even cause blurry vision. Like a pinguecula, it’s important to note
that this eye condition is associated with increased exposure to sunlight, wind, and
airborne debris. Fortunately, to prevent your eyes from developing
a pterygium, or to keep your pterygium from growing bigger, there are some easy steps
you can take. When outdoors, wear sunglasses that have UVA
and UVB protection. Make sure your sunglasses have good coverage
around the sides. Consider using artificial tears to help keep
your eyes lubricated, as this can reduce irritation. Lastly, when a pterygium continues to cause
problems, medicated eye drops or surgery may be required in certain cases. This is particularly true if the growth starts
to block your vision! If you have a pterygium, I highly recommend
finding an eye doctor who can measure and manage its change over time.

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