Often confused with a pinguecula, a pterygium is a growth of white tissue from the conjunctiva, or white of the eye, that protrudes into the cornea. 

Pterygiums are non-cancerous but, unlike pingueculas, can obstruct light entering the eye if allowed to progress. Again, should a pterygium be unsightly or affect vision, it can be removed surgically. Your eye care practitioner will advise you accordingly.

If the wearing of contact lenses is affected by a pterygium, the fitting may be altered to alleviate any symptoms.

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