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Pterygium: What is it?


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Now that the summer months are upon us, there are lots of things to worry about. From the sunscreen to the bugspray, we take a lot of preventative measures to make sure our summer months are carefree and healthy.

But one of the hidden dangers of sun exposure, as well as environmental exposure directly affects our precious eyes. The condition, known as Pterygium (pronounced Tur-i-jee-um) is non-cancerous growth that forms on the outside surface of the eye. Dust, pollutants, wind and sun all have contributing effects to the condition, and it is exacerbated by our increased time spent outside in the warm summer months.

Pterygium is usually light pink and triangular shaped. It is possible to have more than one, and they are often found in the corner of the eyes near the nose. If you develop a Pterygium, your eyes may feel red, irritated, dry or inflamed.

The good news is Pterygiums can be treated by any opthamologist or laser surgeon. Most LASIK centers will have professionals that are equipped to treat the condition, and have extensive experience in surgical procedures on the eyes.

If you think you have Pterygium, or are concerned about another eye condition, book a consultation at a LASIK center or a local eye surgery center. They can tell you the best course of action for your condition.


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