A pteryguim is a benign growth of flesh-colored to red tissue along the edge of the cornea caused by sunlight, wind and dust exposure over time.  They are very common in the South.


  • Red eyes
  • Foreign body sensation
  • Dry eyes or excess tearing
  • Blurred vision

Most pterygia are left in place, but if they remain irritating to the patient or grow further onto the cornea and interfere with vision, they can be surgically removed by Dr. Duffey.