A pterygium, also sometimes called surfer’s eye, is a noncancerous growth of scar-like tissue that begins in the conjunctiva and extends onto the cornea. It most often forms on the side of the eye that is closest to the nose, though it can also grow on the other side.
While this condition is not usually serious, it can cause annoying symptoms such as:
- A feeling of grittiness.
- Feeling like something is always in your eye.
- Blurry or double vision (if the growth continues onto your cornea).
Individuals may be more likely to develop a pterygium if they have dry eyes, have lots of exposure to UV light from the sun, or are commonly exposed to eye irritants such as wind or dust.
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of this condition, be sure to visit our office for a professional assessment. If your symptoms are mild, treatment may include over-the-counter eye ointments or drops, or prescription steroid eye drops to ease discomfort. However, if your pterygium causes great discomfort or interferes with your vision, surgery may be necessary.
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Pterygium surgery is minimally invasive and usually takes about 30-45 minutes to complete. It is often performed using local anesthesia, though general anesthesia may also be used in some instances. Your eye(s) will then be numbed, and the pterygium will be removed along with some of the connected conjunctiva tissue. This tissue will then be replaced with a membrane tissue graft, which can be either sutured or glued into place to reduce the possibility of recurring pterygia.
Following this procedure, you may need to wear an eye patch for a few days to allow your eye to heal and prevent you from rubbing or touching your eye. You may also be prescribed steroid eye drops to ease any inflammation that may occur. Overall recovery can take anywhere from a couple of weeks to a couple of months, depending on each individual case. Dr. Gupta will provide you with aftercare instructions to help ensure that your eye heals properly.
To prevent future pterygia from forming, be sure to wear sunglasses when outdoors to protect your eyes from UV rays, dust, and wind. Artificial tears may also help to keep your eyes moist if you live in a dry climate.
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Are you experiencing symptoms associated with surfer’s eye? If so, be sure to contact our Boca Raton & Tamarac, FL offices today to schedule an assessment with Dr. Gupta. We will be happy to assist you!
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