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pterygium

oun. a growth of fleshy tissue (has blood vessels) that may start as a pinguecula.

pterygium

noun. a growth of fleshy tissue (has blood vessels) that may start as a pinguecula. It can remain small or grow large enough to cover part of the cornea. When this happens, it can affect your vision.

lf you have had a pinguecula or a pterygium at least once before, try to avoid the things that cause these growths. Here are some ways:

  • wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from ultraviolet (UV) light

  • protect your eyes from dust by wearing glasses or goggles

Symptoms of pinguecula and pterygium can range from mild to severe. They include:

  • redness and swelling of the conjunctiva, mostly while the pterygium grows

  • a yellow spot or bump on the white of your eye

  • dry, itchy, burning eyes. Or feeling like sand or grit is stuck in your eye

  • blurry vision

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