Pterygium is a benign growth in the clear tissue covering the white part of your eye. Commonly referred to as surfer's eye, this condition is believe to associate with exposure to sunlight and windblown areas. This condition may occasionally cause inflammation and irritation, and surgery may be the most viable solution.
Surgery involves removing the pterygium and using the patient's surface eye tissue as filler to fill the spacing created when the pterygium was removed. Surgery is relatively quick and afterwards wearing an eye patch for several days is required. Use of steroid eye drops for sometime after surgery as well as taking steps to protect the eyes from ultra-violet light can prevent recurring cases of pterygium.