Pterygium may be a foreign term to you, but it is a common eye condition among people, especially those who are regularly exposed to the outside environment. It is a common disease among surfers, which is why it is more popularly known as “surfer’s eye”.
Pterygium may not be a serious condition, but it can provide annoying symptoms that can affect your way of living. Know when you have one to get it treated right away.
You could be having pterygium if you experience symptoms such as:
- Burning sensation
- Gritty feeling
- Feeling like a foreign body is in your eyes
- Blurring of vision
What causes pterygium?
The exact cause of this eye condition is still not clear, but a lot of experts believe that several factors could put you at risk, which include:
- Dry eyes
- Constant exposure to ultraviolet light
- Exposure to irritants like wind and dust
These factors show that pterygium most commonly occurs among people who live in countries near the equator or in any other places where there is a sunny climate. It is common in young adults age 20 to 40 and more common in men than women.
If you are diagnosed with such condition, certain medications may be prescribed if the symptoms are only mild. But when the condition already interferes with your vision, you may already need pterygium surgery. Learn more about treating pterygium by calling us today at 435-843-8333 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Griffeth. We look forward to hearing from you!