Certain growths can be a nuisance; others can be downright disruptive. A pterygium can develop at any time and can grow to the point of obstructing your vision. If you struggle with irritation caused by this issue, we can provide you with a solution. At Paragon Eye Associates, we offer eye drops and surgical removal to help you clear your eyes. Schedule in Arlington or Mansfield, Texas, today.
What is Pterygium?
Commonly called “surfer’s eye,” a pterygium is a raised, wedge-shaped growth of the conjunctiva that extends onto the cornea (the outer layer of the eye). These growths typically remain small, but they have the potential to grow to an uncomfortable degree and even affect vision. Those with this issue often experience:
- Redness and inflammation
- A sensation of having something in your eye
What Causes Pterygium?
A pterygium can form due to exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation, typically caused by the sun. Exposure to certain environmental elements, including pollen, sand, and smoke, can increase your chances of having these growths. Pterygiums can become worse due to chronic dryness and irritation.
What Are the Treatment Options?
Eye drops can be effective in addressing the irritation and dryness caused by pterygium growth. If the growth is too large and is causing vision problems, surgery may be a good option. Surgical removal is typically done in an operating room and may take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour. If the growth is large, a supportive tissue called an amniotic membrane might be applied to promote healing of the area after removal.
Treatments for Pterygium in Arlington and Mansfield, Texas
If you struggle with a surfer’s eye growth, our expert team can provide you with the solutions you deserve. Schedule your appointment by filling out the form below. You can also get in touch over the phone by dialing (817) 277-6433 for our Arlington office or (817) 477-0223 for our Mansfield office.