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 treatment options 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 a patient with Dr Wallshein at Palm Beach Eye for many years, he has been treating me for dry eye syndrome. The office is run very efficiently, and professionally. Occasionally very busy, but they do eventually get around to getting all the patients in. I had dry eye testing done today by Alis--very professional and explained what she was doing thoroughly. I have always been pleased with the professionalism of Dr Wallshein and his treatment of me and will answer questions and give me his honest opinion in my care. Stephanie was very nice when checking me out and making my next appointment---explained about the best days and time to make my appointment so I would not have to wait as long and explained why this does sometimes happens--- very friendly and I appreciated the truthfulness. I recommend this group when asked by people I know. Mimi Martin"- M.M. / Google / Dec 16, 2019
"I developed double vision and went to Dr wallshein for a diagnosis and treatment plan. What he had told me was not what I wanted to hear and I was also required to pay for a refraction which I did not want to. He actually told me that if I did not get it done I would not be able to have an accurate diagnosis. I read someone else's review here and had to respond because had I not had it done and the motility testing of my eyes something serious would have been missed. Dr. Wallshein confirmed that I had a fourth nerve palsy, and then he told me that I had a third nerve palsy as well. I was actually pretty upset with this because my other doctor did not confirm this diagnosis. So he sent me for my CAT scan of my arteries in my brain and an aneurysm was found confirming the third nerve palsy. I remember being in the room telling the doctor that I was not going to pay for the refraction and that I honestly thought that he was just trying to get some money from me. But after the thoroughness of the testing and the confirmed diagnosis I can't tell you how stupid I feel for thinking what I did. I even gave some of the staff a hard time in the office. What a mistake and I am so happy that I am alive today to talk about this and if anyone is reading this to let doctors be doctors and do what they need to do to make you better. Don't let a small amount of money come between you and proper testing. The doctor is excellent ethical and caring. He gave me his cell phone number and has texted me at least 5 times to make sure that I was doing well and made it through my surgery. I am so happy to be alive and have a great doctor and I recommend everyone to him and basically tell them don't argue with him with anything that small cost. I was in the waiting room and I was talking to a patient of the doctors with dry eyes, that was chronic and not going away and the patients are multiple other Physicians. The doctor recommended a somewhat expensive treatment plan that was not covered by insurance and the patient's problem is now 100% resolved which was not resolved with multiple other physicians and many years. My Outlook is good and I'm very happy to be alive."- M.B. / Google / Dec 16, 2017
"My family and I have always had exceptional experiences here. From the beginning Dr Wallshein treated us well. I had very dry eyes and was given recommendations from another physician that didn’t work. Dr Wallshein gave me a treatment regimen that worked perfectly and my eyes are great now. He has always been kind and caring towards me and very patient. I’ve been to many other local eye doctors and no success. I see great and feel great. Thank you Dr Wallshein for all your care"- F.W. / Google / Dec 16, 2018
"Jay Wallshein is probably the best Ophthamologist that my wife and I have ever used. We moved to south Florida and we were referred to him by our internist. My wife had been diagnosed, when we lived in Pennsylvania, with early stage Glaucoma. Doctor Wallshein confirmed the diagnosis but also wanted to do some blood tests. The tests discovered low levels of Vitamin B and high levels of Mercury and Arsenic. He successfully gave my wife a plan to bring all levels back to normal. If that was not enough, a cousin of ours, who just moved to South Florida, had a medical problem and needed an ophthalmologist on an emergency basis. We referred her to Dr. Wallshein who saw her immediately even though he has a very busy office in Lake Worth. I would recommend he to all who need his services without hesitation."- J.L. / Google / Dec 16, 2016
Pterygium Diagnosis and Treatment
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 Lake Worth, FL 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 provide a treatment that aligns with your needs. For mild conditions, we may use a moisturizing solution or corticosteroid eye drops. Patients with more advanced pterygium may require surgical treatment for pterygium removal, especially for those who experience vision impairment or cosmetic concerns.
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 ophthalmologists 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.