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About Pterygium and Its Treatment

Have you been diagnosed with pterygium? Or maybe you feel a need to schedule an appointment with an eye physician because tissue growth in one or both of your eyes has you concerned. In either case, you’ve come to the right place. At Spectrum Eye Physicians, an optometry clinic with offices in San Jose, Cupertino, Los Gatos, and Santa Cruz, you’ll get a diagnosis and find treatment options that are right for you.


Let’s start with a brief definition of this eye condition.

What Is Pterygium?

The condition is identified by a pink-tinted tissue growth on the eye’s conjunctiva. This is the clear covering over the white part of your eye. The growth typically starts in an area that’s close to the nose.

A popular nickname is “surfer’s eye.” This is due to the fact that excess ultraviolet (UV) light, such as sunlight, can cause pterygium. There are other causes as well, including heredity. Excessive dust or wind can dry out one or both of your eyes and lead to the condition.

Some people first get pinguecula, a related condition in which you might see a yelllowish bump or patch of growth in the white of the eye. See an optometrist if you think you might have contracted this eye condition.

Can Pterygium Lead to Vision Loss?

Unfortunately, it’s possible that this condition can affect your vision. This can occur if the growth spreads over the iris, the colored part of your eye. If this happens, it could lead to blurry or double vision.

It’s obviously important to seek diagnosis and treatment at an optometry clinic as soon as you see any sort of blemish or discoloration in any part of your eye.

How Can Pterygium Be Prevented?

The simplest preventative measure you can take is to avoid direct sunlight on your eyes. In other words, wear sunglasses when you go out, especially if you live in a place like California, where sunny days are common.

Also, regularly use over-the-counter drops to keep your eyes from drying out.

How Is the Disease Treated?

Most of the time, your optometrist will prescribe over-the-counter or prescription eye drops. The purpose is to keep your eye from drying out.

In more serious cases, such as when your vision is affected or you feel it mars your appearance, outpatient surgery might be recommended to remove the growth. Your eye doctor will be able to discuss your options in greater detail once you’ve received a diagnosis.

Contact Us for an Appointment Today

Don’t waste time worrying about whether or not you have pterygium or the likelihood of it affecting your vision. Seek an appointment with a trusted eye doctor. Call Spectrum Eye Physicians, an optometry center with offices conveniently located in San Jose, Cupertino, Los Gatos, and Santa Cruz.

Simply call us at (408) 884-2215 for an appointment near you. Go to our appointment page for more information about locations and hours. 

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