A pterygium is a wedge-shaped growth on the conjunctiva, the thin membrane that covers the white of the eye. As the point of the pterygium develops, it may extend toward the cornea, possibly obstructing vision or creating astigmatism by changing the shape of the cornea. It also may be the cause of persistent red eye or severe dry eye symptoms.
Some pterygia never develop sufficiently to create a problem, but they should be monitored by an ophthalmologist. If a pterygium does begin to intrude on vision, Wolstan & Goldberg Eye Associates offers pterygium excision, an outpatient procedure to remove the pterygium.
Contact Wolstan & Goldberg Eye Associates today to make your ophthalmology appointment.