A pterygium is a fleshy, whitish-red growth that comes from the conjunctiva (the white part of your eyes) and grows onto the cornea (the clear window on the front of your eye). This condition, which is caused by sun exposure, is usually not a serious or urgent problem. It often becomes a problem when it starts to grow close to the center of the eye or when it causes discomfort. In rare cases, other worrisome eye growths can mimic a pterygium. It is necessary to monitor their growth and to determine when it becomes necessary to surgically remove the pterygium.
The surgeons at the Orange County Eye Institute will thoroughly examine your eyes to detect any pterygium growth, and they will advise you on the proper treatment. In many cases, the treatment is simply wearing sunglasses to minimize sun exposure on your eyes. The comfort of the eye is promoted by the use of artificial tears and sometimes eye allergy drops. When surgery is necessary, this procedure is done on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia. The eye physicians here at the Orange County Eye Institute are experts at pterygium removal, having performed an extraordinary amount of such surgeries, and we will guide you throughout the whole process.