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Pterygium of the conjunctiva and cornea


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Overview


Pterygium of the conjunctiva and cornea is a benign (non-cancerous) pink lesion that grows from the conjunctiva onto the cornea. They typically start from on the inner surface of the eye, and grow toward the the pupil. Long term exposure to ultraviolet light has been associated with causing this condition. Depending on the size of the pterygium, a person can experience vision problems. Surgical removal of the pterygium is often not needed unless it is causing irritation or vision loss.[1]
Last updated: 12/16/2013

References

  1. The Eye Cancer Network. Pterygium. http://www.eyecancer.com/conditions/25/pterygium. Accessed 12/15/2013.
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  • The National Eye Institute (NEI) was established by Congress in 1968 to protect and prolong the vision of the American people. Click on the link to view information on this topic. 

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