June is Pterygium Awareness Month!

A pterygium (tuh-Rij-ee-uhm) is a condition that affects people who spend a lot of time outdoors, usually in warmer climates. This condition is also known as Surfer’s Eye because it affects people predominantly outdoors without protecting against UV rays. Summer brings warmer weather and San Antonio is known for its warm climate so we want everyone informed!

If you are affected by a pterygium, you will have a wedge-shaped growth of pinkish-white, fleshy tissue on the white of the eye, possibly extending over the iris and even the pupil. This growth usually forms on the side closest to the nose and radiates towards the middle of the eye. If left untreated, pterygium may continue to grow and scar affecting vision.

Symptoms of pterygium may include burning, itching, blurred vision, or a gritty feeling in the eye. If you suspect having a pterygium, it is important to see an ophthalmologist. If caught early, treatment can range from lubricating eye drops, or even surgery.

Pterygium can be prevented by wearing sunglasses regularly. Even on cloudy days, damaging ultraviolet light comes through the clouds. Choose sunglasses that block 99%-100% of both UVA (ultraviolet A) and UVB (ultraviolet B) radiation. Wearing a brimmed hat may also aid in preventing harmful rays.

If you suspect a pterygium, call our office (210) 822-9800. Dr. Iskander at San Antonio Eye Specialists is a board-certified ophthalmologist and can diagnose and help treat your symptoms.