Pterygium vs Pingueculae
A pterygium is a raised, cream colored growth usually on the nasal side of the white of the eye. It sometimes gets yellowish or reddish. Before the growth extends onto the cornea it's called a pingueculae. When it extends onto the cornea it's called a pterygium.
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Although they can be removed surgically, the rate of recurrence is as high as 40%, and they tend to come back bigger and faster.
These growths are usually caused by dry, hot, windy environments, and are found often on people that spend a lot of time outside. A Ptergium is not dangerous and it is not cancer, but can become uncomfortable. The main problem is that they can eventually distort vision due to the fact that they can grow onto the cornea, and eventually even onto the central part of the eye blocking light from entering.
Raised, cream colored growth usually on the nasal side of the white of the eye.
There is a higher rate in people living near the equator. In the United States, the incidence is less than 2%. In Florida and California, the incidence to close to 4%. By the equator, the incidence goes up to 20%.
If the Pterygium is interfering with your vision, then typically it is removed surgically. Otherwise, it is left alone. The rate of recurrence is as high as 40%, and they tend to come back bigger and faster.
Ophthalmic lubricants without mercury compounds or anticholinergics and MSM eyedrops can be helpful. These eyedrops help soften the membranes, allowing fluids to pass through the outer layer of the tissues. When tissue membranes become permeable, nutrition is able to penetrate through the outer layer and provide the nutrients needed for the body to try to manage the pterygium growth.
In addition, these eyedrops equalize pressures, repair damaged membranes, clear up red spots and broken vessels, and help remove blemishes and other tissue particles.
While MSM eyedrops can be specifically helpful, the following are general points which are more generally very important for your vision.
- Supplementation with nutrients and eyedrops that have been found to be helpful to protect vision.
- Diet & lifestyle recommendations - see our protocol for healthy vision for more information.