Pterygium Surgery & Pinguecula in New York
Pterygium is a wing-shaped growth on the eye’s conjunctiva (the white of the eye) that extends onto the cornea. Also known as “surfer’s eye,” it is strongly associated with ultraviolet light (sun) exposure in susceptible individuals. While it is a benign growth, it can cause a number of bothersome symptoms, including redness, irritation, visual distortion and decreased vision. It can also be cosmetically troublesome.
Pinguecula is a yellow spot or growth on the conjunctiva also caused by sunlight exposure, dust and wind. While most cases of pinguecula remain confined to the conjunctiva, occasionally pinguecula may develop into pterygium. We initially use conservative treatments and topical medication to see if symptoms can be improved. If this is unsuccessful, we may consider pterygium surgery, which is performed on an outpatient basis.
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