Sometimes called “surfer’s eye,” pterygium is a degenerative eye condition resulting from excessive exposure to ultraviolet light. In its early stages, pterygium causes reddening of the surface of the eye, but if untreated, it results in a fleshy growth on the eye’s surface that can grow large enough to obstruct vision. Although pterygium can be removed via tissue grafting, anti-metabolite medications, and radiation treatment, patients run a high risk of recurrence. In this case, the best care is preventative care—wear protective sunglasses and see us regularly for examinations. To learn more about pterygium, please contact us today.