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.
Pterygium – causes, implications, and treatments are available.
What is Pterygium? A Pterygium is a growth of the conjunctiva or mucus membrane that covers the white part of the eye over the cornea. This condition which is caused by sun exposure is usually not a serious or urgent problem. It often becomes a problem when it grows too 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.
What causes a Pterygium? The exact cause of Pterygium is unknown. One explanation is that too much exposure to Ultra Violet UV light can lead to these growths. It occurs more often in people who live in warm climates and spend a lot of time outdoors in sunny or windy environments.
What are the symptoms of Pterygium? A Pterygium does not always cause symptoms. When it does the symptoms are usually mild. Common symptoms include redness blurred vision and eye irritation. You might also feel a burning sensation or itchiness. If a Pterygium grows large enough to cover your cornea, it can interfere with your vision.
Is a Pterygium a serious condition? A Pterygium can lead to severe scarring on your cornea. But this is rare—scarring on the cornea needs to be treated because it can cause vision loss. For minor cases treatment usually involves eye drops or ointment to treat inflammation. In the more serious cases, treatment can involve surgical removal of the Pterygium.
Want to learn more about Pterygium? The eye positions 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. Visit www.oceyeinstitute.com to learn more or call (949) 441-5444 today