Where the Pterygiums are

Reading the word, a person could conclude that a baby dinosaur has come to visit. Though the appendage can have the shape of a pterodactyl wing, a pterygium is not its child.

The eye has a translucent mucous membrane that covers it and lines the inside of the eyelid. Once in a while, the translucent tissue goes wild. In a spot usually near the corner of the eye, it makes a noncancerous growth that covers a portion of the white part of the eye. It’s noticeable.

In the beginning

At first, a person thinks a piece of moth’s wing has fallen in but extracting it does not happen. It has blood vessels.

Every day it grows a bit so a person cannot ignore it for long since it will elongate and become wing-like. The color of the new tissue ranges from a deep red-streaked gossamer wing to a beautiful striated pinkish film.

For a person who is a birdwatcher or it’s near Halloween, it’s useful for social events. Most pterygiums do not cause physical pain but can create intriguing conversations.

At some point, a person realizes it will not stop growing and will cover the pupil of the eye, which will affect vision. So, the pterygium as intriguing and unique as it is must go.

Finding pterygium and excision

As reported by Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science studies in 2013. ultraviolet light exposure initiates the process. MedScape in the USA reported a noticeable elevation in cases that occurs in relation to latitudes.

Cases number less than 2 percent above the 40th parallel. In latitudes between 28-36 degrees, it rises to 5 to 15 percent.

The study noted as well it occurred more often in males, and patients older than 40 years. Harmless at first as it progresses, pterygiums can become inflamed and distort vision as it crosses the threshold of the iris.

For some patients, the extraocular muscle that becomes involved affects their diplopia. Diplopia refers to seeing two images rather than one. The way to rid one of the pterygiums is excision.

At Houston Clinic’s excision of offending tissue happens with lasers. Sharp beams of light precisely remove tissue and leave healthy tissue intact, leaving little scarring.

Laser eye surgery can become repeated, as necessary. The wings in the eyes will disappear.

Healing from the surgery only takes 48 hours for most patients. As with all LASIK surgeries, check with your doctor for information customized for your condition.

Prevention of the return of pterygiums

The good doctors in Houston will recommend reduced exposure to UV light. While waiting a selection of stylish sunglasses at the clinic may set a person on their new healthy eye path.

The shade will become a new friend as you seek it wherever you go or bring your own with a fashionable umbrella for a sunny day. Some people prefer visors.

A genetic component is thought to exist as well since it does show up in families. Forming habits of shading the eyes may need an early start.


After enjoying the possible uses of pterygiums, moving forward involves surgery. The most crucial factor in any operation remains the expertise of the doctor doing the surgery.

Award-winning Houston Lasik Clinic has that accomplished. Drop by, show the pterygium, and chat with the staff and doctors.

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