This condition is commonly called “surfer’s eye” because it typically occurs among patients who spend a lot of time outdoors in the sun; chronic exposure to ultraviolet light can increase the risk of pterygium development. You are also more likely to develop pterygium if you suffer from dry eye or are frequently exposed to irritants like sand, wind, or dust. The most common symptoms of pterygium include:
- Blurry or hazy eyesight, since lesion growth can create astigmatism (asymmetrical or irregularly shaped eyes)
- A burning or tingling sensation on the eyeball
- Itching or irritation
- A “gritty” sensation, as if something is in or on your eye
- Dry eye
If any of the above symptoms interfere with your vision or cause discomfort, contact our office for a consultation. Mild pterygium is usually innocuous and may only require medicated eye drops to alleviate uncomfortable symptoms. However, more advanced pterygium will need to be surgically removed.