Pterygium is believed to be a result of excessive exposure to the UV rays of the sun during childhood. Dry and dusty environmental conditions may also contribute to the development of the condition.
Pterygium is an abnormal growth of tissue over the eye. It is often progressive and encroaches over the cornea, which can ultimately cause you to experience distorted or lost vision, and have symptoms of excessive tearing and irritation. Our eye doctors and corneal specialist at New Eyes offer advanced treatment options to control the effects of pterygium.
Symptoms of Pterygium
Pterygium has a number of symptoms which can have an effect on your vision and your day-to-day livelihood. These symptoms include:
- Reduction in vision
- Distorted vision
- Excessive tearing
- Eye discoloration
- Scarring of the eye
- Cosmetic effects to the appearance of the eyes
Causes of Pterygium
Pterygium is believed to be a result of excessive exposure to the UV rays of the sun during childhood. Dry and dusty environmental conditions may also contribute to the development of the condition. Pterygium is typically more common in people who spend a lot of time in tropical climates and those who are out in the sun for extended periods.
Small pterygia that are causing patients to experience minor inflammation or irritation in the eye, but no vision impairment, can often be treated with simple eye drops, ointments, or steroid drops. Larger pterygia that are causing problems with vision or debilitating eye irritation may need to have surgery in order to remove them.
It is important to realize that this condition has a high recurrence rate and by using the latest surgical techniques we can optimize the outcomes, but not completely eliminate the possibility of recurrence.
The risk of future eye irritation can also be reduced by wearing adequate protection from the sun and from excessive dust and wind.
Pterygium: Treatment Overview
Pterygium Surgery Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
While many individuals may not need surgery to address pterygia, surgery is necessary in certain cases. Below, you will find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions regarding pterygium surgery. If you have further questions, our experienced eye doctors will be happy to address them.
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If you would like more information on pterygium and treatment options to relieve symptoms, please contact New Eyes today.