Pterygium

Pterygium eye surgery, causes and treatment

What is Pterygium?

A pterygium is a noncancerous growth on the fleshy tissue that grows over the cornea (the clear front window of the eye). It may remain small or grow large enough to interfere with vision. A pterygium usually occurs on the inner corner of the eye, but can appear on the outer corner. 

What Causes Pterygium? 

The exact cause is not well understood, but pterygium occurs more often in people who spend a great deal of time outdoors, especially in sunny climates. Long-term exposure to sunlight, especially ultraviolet (UV) rays, and dry, dusty conditions seem to play a role. When a pterygium becomes red and irritated, eye drops or ointments may be used to help reduce the inflammation. If it’s large enough to threaten sight or grows rapidly, it can be removed surgically.

  • DID YOU KNOW?

    Common symptoms of pterygium include irritation, redness and blurred vision. Some people also experience itchiness or burning. 

  • TREATMENT OPTIONS

    Pterygium can be treated with eye drops or ointments. 

  • Pterygium eye specialist Dr. Mahendra K Rupani M.D. - Sabates Eye Centers.

    PTERYGIUM SPECIALIST

    Dr. Mahendra K. Rupani M.D. – Dr. Rupani sees patients at Truman Medical Center – University Health and Lakewood locations.

     

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