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Question:
I have worked as a welder for 35 years and have had a mark on my eye for 15 years and have now found out it is a pterygium (a fleshy growth on the white of the eye). Will it be OK to continue my job as a welder?

Answer:
One of the theories for the formation of pterygia is exposure to ultraviolet radiation. As a result, the prevalence of pterygia is much higher for welders as well as for people who live in tropical climates. While having a pterygium does not prevent you from working as a welder, it is very important to wear proper eye protection that blocks UV light rays to minimize the risk of progression of pterygia or development of skin cancers.

Answered by: Omar R. Chaudhary, MD Dr. Omar R. Chaudhary

Categories: Eye Conditions

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