A raised, cream coloured, triangular shaped growth, located in the white of the eye extending onto the cornea is called a pterygium. It may grow large enough to interfere with vision. Although the exact cause is unknown, it occurs in people that are exposed to sunlight, dry, hot and windy environments. A pterygium is not dangerous and it is not cancer but it can become ncomfortable as it can eventually blur or obstruct vision.

If the Pterygium interferes with your vision, is causing discomfort or is unsightly, it can be removed by surgery, otherwise it is left alone. The surgical procedure is performed in a day surgery facility and for most patients; local anaesthetic is used. Some additional treatment may also be required by the surgeon to prevent the regrowth of the Pterygium. As with any surgery, there are risks that will be discussed