What Is a Pterygium?
A pterygium is a benign tumor that occurs on the conjunctiva or the thin, transparent coating that protects and provides moisture to the white part of your eye or the sclera. This growth looks pinkish and triangular-shaped and usually appears in the inner corner of your eye. Over time, if not treated, it may grow into the cornea or the front part of your eye. The cornea is responsible for refracting light, and it enables you to see clearly, so if this starts to happen, you may require treatment. You can develop this condition in one or both of your eyes. For patients with multiple growths, the condition is known as pterygia. Without proper treatment, a pterygium can damage your vision; however, we can monitor your ocular health and suggest the best treatments for pterygium at our Lake Worth, FL, eye care practice. Please schedule an appointment at Palm Beach Eye Center to learn more and receive a personalized treatment plan.
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"I have been seeing Dr. Wallshein since he started this practice. Having previously been married to an ophthalmologist, I have a unique perspective regarding this medical specialty. In my opinion, everyone employed here makes an effort to provide professional, helpful care. It is normal for us, as patients, to be skeptical & especially nervous when it comes to our eyes. We should be protective of our vision. However, trusting our physicians, that they are doing their best for us, is also important. Over the years, I have been followed by Dr. Wallshein & his associates for a chronic illness & drug interactions, as well as surgery for cataracts & stent implantation for glaucoma. All of these interactions have proven positive & in my 60's, my pressures are now normal & I am seeing everything without eyeglasses. I highly recommend that you trust your vision to these well trained & caring professionals!⚜"- L.T. / Google / Apr 19, 2021
How are Pterygium Diagnosed?
Commonly known as “surfer’s eye,” pterygia happen to patients who live in places with lots of sand and dirt, wind, and excess sunlight or UV rays that intensify on the water. Pterygium symptoms include stinging, itchiness, dry eyes, or foreign body sensation. To diagnose the issue, our ophthalmologists perform an eye exam, digital imaging, a visual acuity test, or corneal mapping during your consultation. These assessments give us a full perspective of your condition and allow us to provide a surfer's eye treatment in Lake Worth, FL, that aligns with your needs.
How are Pterygium Treated?
Your personalized treatment plan will depend on how severe your condition is. Over-the-counter re-wetting drops or artificial tears may be recommended for patients with a more mild condition. For moderate conditions, a moisturizing solution or corticosteroid eye drops may be prescribed to alleviate symptoms like redness, itchiness, and pain. Patients with more advanced pterygium may require surgery to remove the pterygium, especially for those who experience vision impairment or cosmetic concerns.
How long does it take to recover from pterygium treatment?
Your recovery will vary based on the severity of the pterygium. For more patients, full recovery can take anywhere from several weeks to a month. You will likely be provided antibiotics and steroid stops for the first few months to prevent inflammation and infection.
How often do I need to wear an eyeshield after pterygium removal?
It is recommended that you wear your eye shield for two weeks when sleeping following your pterygium treatment in Lake Worth, FL. During your follow-up, any additional care will be addressed.
How long will the vision be blurry after pterygium removal?
Your vision might be blurry for several weeks following your pterygium treatment. This is because the cornea is changing shape, which could result in a change in the prescription of your eye. It can settle on its own, but it is important to keep track of it so that you can make changes in your glasses prescription if needed.
Find Relief From Pterygia
Even though pterygia are a benign eye condition, these irregular growths can cause vision concerns and impact your everyday life. We encourage you to schedule an appointment at our Lake Worth, FL, eye care facility to learn more about your treatment options. Our expert South Florida pterygium doctors can design a detailed treatment plan, discuss your insurance coverage, or outline payment plan information. At Palm Beach Eye Center, we look forward to helping you with your eye health and providing relief from pterygium symptoms.