University of Iowa Health Care

Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

EyeRounds Online Atlas of Ophthalmology

Contributor: William Charles Caccamise, Sr, MD, Retired Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

*Dr. Caccamise has very generously shared his images of patients taken while operating during the "eye season" in rural India as well as those from his private practice during the 1960's and 1970's. Many of his images are significant for their historical perspective and for techniques and conditions seen in settings in undeveloped areas.

Category: External Disease

Temporal pterygium OD

temporal pterygium OD

Most pterygia are located nasally. In some patients there will be both nasal and temporal pterygia - occasionally i neglected rural patients in India the lesions will meet in the center of the cornea. On the Gangetic plain there is a high incidence of pterygia i attributed to intense sunlight,dust and wind. Surgery is frequently followed by recurrence of the lesion. Pterygium means " wing " in Greek. This lesion resembles the wing of an insect.

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last updated: 02-08-2008
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