A pterygium is a non-cancerous growth of tissue that can affect the eye’s cornea. As a pterygium grows, it causes eye irritation and impairs vision by covering the cornea and changing its natural shape. Bliss Eye Associates offers state-of-the-art treatment options, including pterygium surgery for more advanced cases, which can effectively remove pterygia and reduce risks to the health of your cornea.
Causes of a Pterygium
The exact causes of pterygia are not known; however, it is widely believed that a dry, dusty environment and excessive exposure to ultraviolet rays from the sun may be linked to the condition. Many people who are diagnosed with a pterygium live in tropical climates or spend large amounts of time in the sun.
Symptoms of a Pterygium
Symptoms of a pterygium range from mild to severe, depending on how far the condition has progressed. Symptoms include:
- Eye irritation
- Eye discoloration
- Excessive tearing
- Noticeable cosmetic changes in the eye
- Distorted or impaired vision
- Eye scarring
- Vision loss
Treatment options include eye drops and ointments for minor inflammation, and surgery for pterygia that are causing vision problems or other debilitating conditions. Pterygium surgery from our ophthalmologists at Bliss Eye Associates often results in the quickest recovery possible with the least chance of recurrence.
For those who are at high risk for developing pterygia, it is advisable to protect your eyes from the sun, dust, and wind as much as possible.
For more information on treatment for pterygium, please contact our practice to schedule your consultation.