A farmer came to the eye
doctor saying that his eye had been red for a long time. His eyes were neither
painful, nor watering nor sticky. So, what was his problem?
This problem is seen very commonly in tropics,
and with exposure to bright sunlight.
Farmers, construction workers frequently
encounter Pterygium. (This terribly difficult looking word is pronounced
as Te-ri-gium, with a silent P). Pterygium means 'Wings'.
It is a wing-like tissue extension growing from the conjunctiva, towards the
What will it lead to?
Usually it grows very slowly, and does not cause any harm.
Sometimes, it may cause astigmatism.
Rarely, it may grow rapidly, and require
Surgical removal of the Pterygium. This is usually, mainly
for cosmetic reasons. The surgery involved is of minor nature.
Nowadays Argon Laser is used to treat Pterygium.
Will it grow back?
Pterygia are notorious for recurrence.
Procedures to prevent recurrence -
Use of beta radiations to the area after surgery.
Mitomycin eyedrops may prevent recurrence.
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