Surfer's eye is a benign growth on the cornea. Known in scientific circles as pterygium, the condition is caused by prolonged exposure to sun, wind, dust, or pollen. It develops over time as a small, pink, triangular growth, starting from the eye's inner corner. While surfer's eye is not harmful, it can irritate and sometimes affect vision. It is easy enough to manage the condition once a doctor has made a diagnosis.
Symptoms of surfer's eye include redness, itchiness, and irritation on the surface of the eye, stemming from the inner corner in a triangular shape. Blurred, impaired vision, or the feeling of having a foreign particle stuck in the eye, are also common with large growths, and depending on the location, a large pterygium may prevent people from comfortably wearing contact lenses.
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