Are you experiencing redness in the eye you had LASIK surgery on?

Redness due to UV rays may be indicative that you have a pinguecula or pterygium in the eye that you had LASIK surgery on.  This occurs when sunlight exposure and long-term irritation cause tissue to thicken and form usually at 3 and 9 o’clock on the white part of the eye (conjunctiva).  A pterygium differs from a pinguecula in that the tissue begins to extend onto the cornea.  If the tissue gets inflamed, it will cause your eyes to feel red and irritated.  Your eye doctor may prescribe you some artificial tears to help with the irritation or if it is severe enough, a steroid to calm the inflammation.  Surgeries may be performed to remove a pterygium if it starts to grow into your central vision, however if it is not affecting your vision, surgery is not required and generally not advised.  The best treatment options for mild cases is to wear sunglasses or goggles to protect your eyes from the UV rays and dusty or windy environments as well as artificial tears to decrease any irritation.

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