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A  pterygium  (turr-i-gee-um) is a benign triangular-shaped growth or plaque that usually arises in the nasal corner of the eye, extending from the white sclera towards the clear cornea. While it is possible for a pterygium to occur on the side of the eye closest to the temple, about 90% of them originate on the nasal side. A smaller, less disruptive type of growth called a  pinguecula  can occur and there is some evidence that these small, yellowish-white plaques can... Read More

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