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Pterygium Surgery

What is Pterygium?

Pterygium is an abnormal superficial winged tissue growth that extends from the corner of the eye near the center of the eye. The pterygium can vary in appearance a small hard to see tissue mass to a large red and very noticeable growth. Because pterygium varies in appearance it may be yellow, gray, white, pink, red, or even colorless.

If you think you might be experiencing the growth of such tissue please be sure to contact our practice for an immediate exam. If you are seeking a surgeon for removal of pterygium call us. Most of our patients at Sacramento Eye Consultants with pterygium contact our ophthalmologists either due to concern regarding the appearance of a lesion, or because the lesion is irritating the eye or it is adversely affecting vision.

Pterygium Symptoms

It is conceivable that a patient with Pterygium does not exhibit symptoms, but this rare. Symptoms are frequently first noticed on the conjunctiva, and then it may progressively grow onto the cornea of the eye. Most patients have a variety of symptoms including redness, swelling, itching, irritation, and maybe even blurred vision depending on the severity. When this growth extends onto the cornea it is called a pterygium. Left alone, some pterygia will eventually grow to obscure the optical center of the cornea, thereby obstructing vision.

Prevention Methods

There is nothing that has been clearly shown to prevent a pterygium. Because exposure to UV radiation is a major cause of this disease protecting your eyes from exposure to the sun is critical. When doing outdoor activities it is advised to wear UV Coated sunglasses and maybe wear a hat. Of course these types of precautions are more important if you live in tropical areas or are frequently in the sun. UV damage can be severe are we advise against unnecessary exposure to UV radiation.

Pterygium Surgery

No-Stitch surgery is possible by use of modern tissue adhesive. Often composed of clotting proteins from human blood the tissue adhesive allows the surgeon to secure an autograft in a short amount of time. Once the abnormal tissue is removed a thin graft of normal tissue is used to replace the damaged area.

Expectations After Surgery

After surgery, the eye will be patched overnight. Topical antibiotic and anti-inflammatory drops and or ointments will be used to minimize the pain and help with the healing. The doctors at Sacramento Eye Consultants  will want to monitor your healing and advice on matters of drops. As expected patients will experience some discomfort in the first days after surgery. Most people can resume activity within 48 hours after the surgery process.

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