Pterygium Surgery

A Pterygium Invading The Cornea

A pterygium is triangular growth that starts on the clear tissue of the eye that can spread to the cornea. It is called a pterygium because it resembles a small wing.

This noncancerous growth may occur on one or both eyes. It’s more common in people who spend a lot of time in the sun, such as those who work outdoors or spend time on the water. In Australia it is also called The Surfers Eye.

The painless growth may be slightly raised and contain blood vessels. It may cause irritation and can affect vision if it grows into the Cornea.


When outdoors, wear good-quality, wrap-around sunglasses as recommended by an optometrist.

A wide-brimmed hat will also protect your eyes from sun and wind exposure.