What is Pterygium?
If you have an abnormal growth on your eye or you think you may have a pterygium please read below and feel free to contact our practice for a comprehensive eye exam. We will thoroughly diagnose the issue and determine a treatment protocol. If pterygium surgery is required the eye doctors at Berks Eye Physicians & Surgeons are qualified to perform this operation.
Pterygium is an abnormal superficial growth of the conjunctiva that extends from the corner of the eye near the center of the eye. The pterygium can vary in appearance. It can range from 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 colorless. It may even have blood vessels. If the pterygium grows over the cornea (outer surface), your eye may be in serious harm. Surgical removal will be required. A patient may require multiple surgeries to completely remove the growth, restoring vision. Most patients with pterygium contact ophthalmologists either due to concern regarding the appearance of the lesion, or because the lesion is irritating the eye or it is adversely affecting vision. If you are seeking a surgeon for removal of pterygium call our office in Wyomissing, Berks County at 610-372-0712 to make an appointment.
Most patients have a variety of symptoms including redness, swelling, itching, irritation, and maybe even blurred vision depending on the severity. Left alone, some pterygia will eventually grow to obscure the optical center of the cornea, thereby obstructing vision.
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 a hat. Of course, these types of precautions are more important if you live in tropical areas or are frequently in the sun. Because UV damage can be severe, we advise against any unnecessary exposure to UV radiation.
Every surgery has some risks but, pterygium surgery is usually tolerated well and has a very low rate of complications. Every patient will experience some swelling, bruising, tearing, sensitivity to light and some discomfort. There is always the risk of bleeding, infection, double vision due to scarring, or muscle damage although highly unlikely. The cosmetic appearance after pterygium is usually good, but usually not perfect as there can be scarring and vessel growth. Talk to your Berks Eye physician about any questions you may have regarding Pterygium Surgery.