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A 46-year-old member asked:

i have developed a pterygium at one of my eyes. should i have it removed?

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Dr. Michael Tomeo
Dermatology 38 years experience
No: Not necessarily unless your vision is compromised or will be potentially.
Dr. Jay Bradley
LASIK Surgery 18 years experience
Maybe: If the pterygium bothers you, is growing, is causing decrease vision or other problems, then you should consider getting it removed.
Dr. Rajesh Khanna
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
Recommended: Left untreated, it is possible for a pterygium to grow completely over the pupillary zone and cause blindness.
Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
Ophthalmology 25 years experience
Pterygium Treatment: Pterygium:very common, abnormal growth of clear covering (conjunctiva) of white part of the eye (sclera) over the cornea (window of the eye). Depending on severity & i discomfort or red, it can be removed with surgery. It is generally benign. It is due to excess sun/UV exposure usually. Prevention is only remedy. Avoid sun (sunglasses, hat); avoid smoking. More info: eyedoc2020.blogspot.com

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