Atrium Health Navicent Ophthalmology Macon

Pterygium Surgery

Doctor examines a young woman's eyes

A pterygium is commonly known as surfer's eye and most often refers to the benign growth of the conjunctiva. The pterygium commonly grows from the nasal side of the conjuctiva and is usually present in the palpebral fissure. In some cases a pterygium can grow large enough to cover the entire pupil. It is associated with the exposure of ultraviolet-light, dust and low humidity. Surgery is available for the removal of the pterygium.


  • Redness on and around the conjunctiva
  • Growth on the cornea
  • Red triangle-shaped thickening
  • Discoloration of the conjunctiva

Berfore and after pterygium surgery