Pterygium & Pinguecula Treatment
Rid your eyes of unsightly, irritating and potentially sight-threatening pterygia and pingueculae
Having a pterygium or pinguecula on your eye can be both annoying and unsightly. Not only do they cause redness and irritation, but if a pterygium spreads to your cornea, it can potentially damage your sight.
However, you needn’t suffer the effects of a pterygium or pinguecula on your vision or appearance. The eye doctors at Eye Institute offer effective treatments, including pterygium and pinguecula surgery, to combat the effects of either condition.
While pterygia and pingueculae are both growths that occur on the surface of the eye – most likely caused by long-term exposure to sunlight and dusty conditions – they are slightly different. You can learn more about pterygium and pinguecula here, or make an appointment with one of our eye specialists today.
Pterygium and pinguecula treatment options
Preventing a pterygium or pinguecula
As with most conditions, prevention is better than cure, and you can help prevent a pterygium or pinguecula from developing by wearing sunglasses and a hat outdoors. People who spend a lot of time on water or snow should be especially careful to protect their eyes from ultraviolet (UV) light. Protecting your eyes against UV light can also help to limit the progression of growths after you have been diagnosed.
Eye drops for pterygium and pinguecula symptoms
You can treat the irritation and redness caused by a pterygium or pinguecula with simple eye drops, such as Tears Plus or Albalon. If you suffer from inflammation, a course of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drops (e.g. Ocufen, Acular, Voltaren Ophtha) may help. Steroid eye drops can also be used in some cases, but only under close supervision of your ophthalmologist, as they may have side effects.
If a pterygium is affecting your vision, or is particularly unsightly, and cannot be managed with eye drops, pterygium surgery may be the answer. Eye Institute surgeons are experts in pterygium surgery, which is performed under local anaesthetic, and only takes about an hour.
During pterygium surgery, your surgeon will carefully remove the pterygium from your eye, and cover the area with a small graft of your own tissue. You shouldn’t feel any pain or major discomfort during surgery, though your eye will feel scratchy for a few days afterwards, and will be red for a couple of weeks. You’ll need to use eye drops for about a month, and the stitches used will dissolve naturally.
Because a pinguecula will not grow across your cornea in the same way that a pterygium can, surgery is rarely used to remove a pinguecula. However, if the pinguecula becomes a pterygium, or grows very large and does not respond to eye drops, a simple surgical procedure can be used to remove it.
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