What Is a Pterygium?
A pterygium is a benign tumor that starts on the white part of the eye or the sclera. Often called an “eye web” or “surfer’s eye,” patients who develop pterygium tend to live in sunny places with lots of wind, sand, or other irritants. This condition may also happen more frequently in patients with dry eye syndrome. Usually beginning in the inner corner of your eye, a pterygium starts on the conjunctiva (a transparent film that covers the sclera) and may grow more prominent so that it covers part or all of the cornea. Sometimes, a pterygium may change the appearance of your cornea, which impacts your ability to see. Our board-certified ophthalmologists at Bentz Eye Center specialize in advanced options like pterygium surgery in West Palm Beach, FL. Please schedule an appointment at our eye center to receive additional information about “surfer’s eye” and the causes.
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How Are Pterygia Diagnosed and Treated?
Because a pterygium has distinct characteristics, our eye doctors can generally diagnose the issue during a physical exam. Our ophthalmologist may utilize a slit lamp for an enhanced look at the growth, or they may complete corneal mapping. Pterygia may appear pink, white, or gray and can cause cosmetic issues for patients living in sunny West Palm Beach, FL. A pterygium may also create other irritating symptoms, like:
- Blurred vision
- A foreign body sensation
Some patients can treat the issue on their own or control it with eye drops. However, if a pterygium starts to impact your field of vision or cause other symptoms, our cornea specialist at Bentz Eye Center utilizes the best techniques to carefully eliminate pterygia. In some cases, we may combine a pterygium surgery with another pterygium treatment called conjunctival auto-grafting. This procedure transplants tissue from the upper eyelid to rejuvenate the conjunctiva structure.
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Does pterygium hurt?
While a pterygium can cause irritation and dryness, you shouldn't feel pain as a result. Excessively rubbing the area will cause extra redness and aggravation, but it won't hurt. Contact our eye doctors at Bentz Eye Center for additional information.
What are the common signs you have a pterygium?
Some of the common signs that you are suffering from a pterygium include dry eye, redness, blurred vision, a feeling like you have a foreign object in your eye, itchiness, a yellow spot or bump on the white of the eye, or having a scratchy or rough feeling to the eye (gritty eyes).
Are there ways to prevent getting a pterygium?
There are no ways to completely prevent getting a pterygium. However, you can lower your risk of developing the condition by wearing sunglasses to protect your eyes from UV rays, wearing hats to shield you from sunlight, wind, and dust, and avoiding exposure to environmental irritants like smoke, dust, and chemical pollutants.
How is pterygium treated?
Pterygium treatment starts with an evaluation of the severity and the size of the area. You may require pterygium surgery in West Palm Beach, FL if the growth affects your vision or is causing irritation. If you have a small growth, eye drops may be a simple solution. It is important to schedule an appointment with our eye doctors at Bentz Eye Center so that you can get the necessary treatment. Contact our West Palm Beach, FL office today for more information.
Protect Your Ocular Health
Although a pterygium is generally a minor eye condition, it may impact your eyesight or increase in size, which can become a cosmetic issue. At Bentz Eye Center, our West Palm Beach, FL ophthalmic team diagnoses, treats, and manages pterygia so you can live more comfortably. If you experience symptoms of a surfer’s eye, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with our West Palm Beach, FL cornea specialist to receive optimal pterygium treatment. Our eye doctors take a range of payment options and insurance plans to make it easier on you.