Pterygium is a common eye condition characterised by the development of pinkish, fleshy tissue on the white part of the eye (conjunctiva), extending at times onto the cornea. Symptoms may include redness, irritation, a sensation of a foreign body, and blurred vision. Pterygium is often linked to prolonged exposure to UV light and dry, dusty environments.
What is the non-surgical management of Pterygium?
The primary approach to non-surgical management involves the use of artificial tears. Occasionally, low-concentration artificial tears may be required, guided by your ophthalmologist’s recommendations.
When is surgical intervention of Pterygium required?
When Pterygium causes significant symptoms or affects vision, surgical intervention may be suggested. Pterygium surgery is a safe and effective procedure aiming to remove abnormal tissue, restoring the health and clarity of the affected eye. Typically performed under local anaesthesia on an outpatient basis, you will be able to return home the same day.
What are the benefits of Pterygium surgery?
- Improved comfort: Alleviates redness, itching, and irritation, enhancing eye comfort and vision clarity.
- Restored appearance: Removes visible growth, improving the natural appearance of the eye.
- Enhanced vision: Potentially improves vision previously affected by the growth.