(Fox News) Instead of getting surgery, an adventurous surfer in Hawaii sought a different approach to treat his eye condition he dipped his head into the rushing water while surfing a gigantic, 30-foot (10 meters) wave, according to a new report of his case.
A band of fibrous tissue growing over the outer layers of the surfer's eye caused his eye problem, a condition called pterygium. This irritating and sometimes dangerous growth often forms in people who spend a lot of time outdoors in sunny climates, and occurs so commonly among surfers that it is dubbed "surfer's eye."
When a pterygium becomes irritating, or is likely to harm vision, doctors remove it with surgery.
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But this 61-year-old surfer chose to let the force of water take care of his pterygium, by "overbalancing" while surfing in Waimea Bay, off the North Shore of the island of Oahu in Hawaii, a place known for big wave surfing.