Pterygium Or Surfer's Eye
If you notice a wing-shaped, fleshy, pink growth of tissue forming on the side of your eye closer to the nose and spreading towards the pupil area, you are likely dealing with Pterygium. Also known as Surfer's Eye, it is usually caused by long-term exposure to UV light and originates on the conjunctiva and progresses towards the pupil area. It is generally benign or harmless. In mild cases, it causes redness, swelling and irritation. In severe cases, however, it can cover the pupil and block or blur your vision. Eye drops and ointment may help relieve to ease the symptoms, but surgery may be required if your vision is affected.
Usually, Pterygium affects one eye. When both eyes are affected at the same time, it’s it is known as bilateral pterygium. Surfers work in the environment that cause pterygium (sun, wind and dusty conditions) hence the nickname “surfer’s eye.”