A pterygium is a growth of pink, fleshy tissue that develops on the conjunctiva or mucous membrane that covers the white part of your eye. It is a benign or noncancerous growth that is often shaped like a wedge. In some cases, a pterygium can extend to the cornea. The exact cause is unknown; experts believe that significant risk factors are prolonged exposure to ultraviolet light, dry eye, irritants such as dust and wind.
Pterygium is usually not a serious condition, but it can cause annoying symptoms such as a feeling of a foreign body in the eye. It usually doesn’t cause problems or require treatment, although they can be removed if they interfere with your vision.
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