Pterygium is a common condition of the eye affecting people who spend a lot of time outdoors or those who live in sunny or dry environments. It is a non-cancerous fleshy tissue growth on the ocular surface that may appear red and unsightly and can sometimes cause a reduction of vision or irritation. The growth can progress over time and change in size and appearance.
A Pterygium will usually start growing over the inner corner of the eye and eventually affect the cornea (the clear lens in the center of the eye). One or both eyes may be affected and a patient can also develop more than one pterygium in each eye. In advanced cases, the pterygium can continue to grow over the cornea into the pupillary area and start to interfere with your vision. It is more common to see the pterygium condition in adults between 20 and 40 years of age and usually more common in men than in women
A Pterygium can become painful or uncomfortable at more advanced stages. While the fleshy tissue is often red and/or irritated, some patients with pterygium may sometimes do not report irritation or reduced vision but can notice an unwanted cosmetic appearance. In advanced cases, the pterygium may cause inflammation, burning, and/or redness. A pterygium can grow progressively toward the cornea causing distortion in its shape resulting in an irregular astigmatism that can reduce vision.
Dr. Fox and his staff perform an advanced pterygium removal surgery using the most advanced conjunctival graft procedure to cover the affected area after removal and reduce the chances of regrowth. This advanced method of treatment has better success rates compared to other conventional surgical methods. During the comfortable 20-minute outpatient procedure your eye will be numbed with local anesthetic drops.
Most patients can experience mild sensitivity or discomfort after the procedure, which can typically vary from the first few hours to one week. Patients can generally resume most daily activities within several days. Complete healing occurs over 4-6 weeks during which time patients will notice an improvement in symptoms and cosmetic appearance.
As a Board Certified Corneal Surgeon with over 30 years of experience, Dr. Fox has performed thousands of Pterygium removal procedures. He will design a custom approach best suited for your individual situation. You will have the opportunity to speak with Dr. Fox who will review both risks and benefits before having your procedure. Additional information can be found on our website--LASERFOX.COM