We may be nowhere close to the ocean, but did you know you can still catch “Surfer’s Eye” right here in Kansas? A pterygium is a noncancerous eye condition that affects more than three million people in the United States each year.
Pterygium is often referred to as Surfer’s Eye because it is largely linked to ultraviolet light exposure. This eye condition is most often diagnosed in people who spend a lot of time outdoors. It occurs when a growth of tissue forms on the outer layer of your eye. While it is not a serious condition, a pterygium can cause discomfort and impact your vision.
The eye doctors at The EyeDoctors Optometrists use cutting-edge technology to determine the severity of your condition and provide the best treatment plan for you. Schedule an appointment with one of our offices today.
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A pterygium is a growth of tissue that can affect one eye or both and people of all ages. It begins on the conjunctiva, the clear outer layer that covers the white part of your eye, and can grow onto the cornea, the part of the eye that helps focus light onto the retina so you can see clearly.This benign growth forms a triangular shape that is slightly raised and contains blood vessels, often causing irritation and redness. It may appear yellow at first and become flesh-colored over time. While it may not impact your sight in its early stages, if left untreated, a pterygium can spread over the front surface of your eye and cause blurred or double vision.
Most people can see or feel pterygium. It generally appears on the part of your eye closest to your nose. Symptoms include redness, itchiness, irritation, a burning sensation, and a feeling like you have something in your eye. A thick or large growth can cover your cornea, which can cause impaired or loss of vision. Most pterygiums can be treated using artificial tears (eye drops) or ointments with corticosteroids. At The EyeDoctors Optometrists, our doctors perform comprehensive eye exams using the latest technology available to identify and diagnose eye conditions like Pterygium. We can help you determine whether eye drops, ointment, or outpatient surgery is the best treatment for your unique eyes.
Pterygium is a common eye condition that affects millions of people of all ages. Sun exposure is the main cause of pterygium. For this reason, people who spend a lot of time outdoors or live in warmer climates are most at risk. Other risk factors include dry eyes and exposure to pollen, sand, smoke, and wind. To avoid pterygium, wear sunglasses when spending time outdoors. Protect your eyes from sun damage and environmental irritants. Use over-the-counter eye drops (artificial tears) when your eyes are dry, red, or irritated. Scheduling routine eye exams is always recommended to ensure you’re experiencing your best vision possible.
At The EyeDoctors Optometrists, our Kansas doctors perform comprehensive eye exams using the latest technology available. Our expert team specializes in eye conditions and can help you determine the best treatment for your unique eyes.Most pterygiums can be treated using artificial tears (steroid eye drops) or ointments with corticosteroids. Your doctor may recommend surgical treatment if the growth causes extreme discomfort or begins to significantly impact your vision. During this painless, outpatient procedure, your doctor will perform pterygium removal and replace it with a conjunctival or amniotic membrane graft. We use amniotic membranes in reconstructive eye surgery because of their biological properties that promote wound healing.
Pterygium is a common eye condition that can affect all members of your family. At The EyeDoctors Optometrists, we provide expert, compassionate eye care and treat eye conditions for patients of all ages. If you believe you or your loved one may have a pterygium, schedule an exam today!
Blindness from a pterygium or as a complication of pterygium surgery is extremely rare and should not concern someone who has this condition.
While a pterygium may stop growing or clear up on its own, treatment is often necessary. If you see or feel a growth on your eye, or experience redness, itchiness, or loss in vision, call us to schedule an appointment with The EyeDoctors Optometrists today.
Your eye doctor may recommend surgery to remove the pterygium if eye drops or ointments do not provide relief or the growth impacts your vision. We will work with you to determine the best treatment option to help you experience life pain-free and with the best vision possible.
If you are experiencing eye discomfort, it may be time for a comprehensive eye exam. One of our specialists will assess your eyes and form a treatment plan to suit your needs. Schedule an appointment today with the eye professionals at The EyeDoctors Optometrists.