Pterygium Removal

The Holland Eye Center offers pterygium removal, utlizing the most advanced surgical technique. A pterygium is a triangular-shaped growth of the conjunctiva that grows onto the surface of the cornea. It is believed that heredity, UV exposure, and dust may contribute to the development of pterygiae. Symptoms may include irritation, redness, and tearing. Tiny capillaries that supply blood to the eye tissue contribute to the growth of the pterygium. For some, the pterygium may never increase in size, but in other cases it grows over the central cornea and directly effects vision, and it may change the shape of the cornea, creating irregular astigmatism.

Treatment of pterygiae requires a conservative approach for most people. Artificial tears can be used to relieve the sensation of a foreign body in the eye and to protect against dryness. When a pterygium becomes red and irritated, topical steroid drops may be prescribed to help reduce the inflammation. If you suspect you may have pterygium, be sure to visit your eye doctor for proper treatment and a discussion of available options for you. Dr. Holland will help determine the most optimal treatment in each case. If the pterygium interferes with vision or becomes chronically irritated, it may need to be surgically removed.

Holland Eye Center recommends wearing sunglasses to protect the eyes from sun, dust and wind. Applying artificial tears liberally is also beneficial in decreasing irritation. In some cases, eye drops are prescribed to reduce inflammation.