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PTERYGIUM TREATMENT

Pterygium "Surfer Eye" Treatment Options

Discover effective Pterygium “Surfer Eye” treatment options at Santa Monica Eye Medical Group. Restore your eye’s health with our expert care. 

Pterygium Treatment

PTERYGIUM TREATMENT EXPLAINED

A pterygium is a non-cancerous growth of tissue on the conjunctiva, the clear, thin membrane covering the white part of the eye (sclera). It usually begins on the inner corner of the eye and can extend onto the cornea. Pterygia are typically wedge-shaped and may be pink, flesh-colored, or even somewhat red.
The exact cause of pterygia is not fully understood, but they are associated with exposure to UV light from the sun, dry or dusty environments, and irritants like wind and smoke. People who spend a lot of time outdoors, especially in sunny or arid climates, are more prone to developing pterygia.

Relieves dryness and discomfort associated with Pterygium.

This surgical procedure involves the careful removal of the abnormal tissue growth, known as the pterygium. The surgeon will delicately excise the pterygium from the surface of your eye, taking care to minimize any damage to the underlying healthy tissue. Our surgeons employ meticulous techniques to achieve the best cosmetic outcomes. They skillfully suture the area, using techniques that minimize scarring and promote optimal healing. By removing the pterygium, the procedure aims to alleviate symptoms, reduce inflammation, and prevent further growth.

Shields your eyes from UV radiation, wind, and dust to prevent Pterygium progression.

n some cases, our surgeons may opt for amniotic membrane transplantation. This procedure involves using a thin, transparent membrane obtained from the placenta of consenting donors after childbirth. The amniotic membrane possesses regenerative properties that aid in healing and reduce inflammation. It is placed over the excised pterygium area, facilitating faster recovery and minimizing scarring.

n some cases, our surgeons may opt for amniotic membrane transplantation. This procedure involves using a thin, transparent membrane obtained from the placenta of consenting donors after childbirth. The amniotic membrane possesses regenerative properties that aid in healing and reduce inflammation. It is placed over the excised pterygium area, facilitating faster recovery and minimizing scarring.

In this procedure, a small piece of healthy conjunctival tissue is carefully harvested from your own eye, typically from an area that is less visible. The harvested tissue is then placed onto the affected area to cover the excised pterygium site. Using your own tissue helps to reduce the risk of rejection or complications.

Short Video Overview of Pterygium Surgery

CHOOSING THE RIGHT TREATMENT FOR YOU

Factors we consider include the severity of Pterygium, symptoms experienced, and your overall eye health. Rest assured, our team will guide you through the decision-making process, ensuring you make an informed choice.

Each treatment option for Pterygium has its own benefits and considerations. During your personalized consultation at Santa Monica Eye Medical Group, our ophthalmologists will thoroughly assess your condition and discuss the best treatment approach based on your specific requirements and goals. 

Our experienced ophthalmologists at Santa Monica Eye Medical Group will evaluate your eye health and vision to determine if cataract surgery is the right option for you.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Yes, in the early stages, non-surgical treatments like lubricating eye drops and protective eyewear may help manage Pterygium effectively.

While Pterygium can recur, our surgical techniques, combined with appropriate post-operative care, significantly reduce the chances of regrowth.

The recovery time varies depending on the individual and the extent of the procedure. Generally, patients can expect a recovery period of a few weeks.

Our experienced surgeons use advanced techniques to minimize scarring. In most cases, scarring is minimal and well-concealed within the natural contours of the eye.

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