A pterygium, also called Surfer's Eye, is a noncancerous growth on the eye. It sometimes causes changes in vision. According to our ophthalmologist in Windermere, this disorder is especially common in sunny regions such as the West Orlando area and in individuals who perform outdoor work. Fortunately, Remagin offers multiple eye care options to treat it.


Overview of Pterygium

A pterygium is a growth of fleshy tissue with its own blood vessels. If it stays small, it is often a minor problem. However, if it grows big enough to cover a portion of the cornea, it can affect an individual’s vision. An eye exam can determine whether or not treatment is necessary for the condition. Some of these growths begin as a pinguecula, a raised yellowish growth that typically forms on the side of the eye. Both types of growths are associated with a combination of exposure to sunlight, dust, and wind.

Our patients report symptoms ranging from mild to severe. The most common include:

  • Swelling and redness of the conjunctiva, usually as the growth increases in size
  • A yellowish bump or spot on the white of the affected eye
  • Eyes that feels itchy and dry
  • A sensation of grit stuck in the eye
  • Blurry vision

Eye Care Options from Our Practice

Patients whose eyes feel uncomfortable or whose vision has been affected might need professional eye care to treat a pterygium. Our Windermere ophthalmologist treats redness, swelling, or discomfort with medication. This might include over-the-counter products such as eye drops, eye ointment, or eye gel or prescription drugs.

The only permanent solution to the growth is to remove it surgically. Eye doctors usually advise surgery under these circumstances:

  • Eyesight problems
  • Increasing pterygium size
  • Inability to move the eye normally
  • Persistent, severe eye irritation
  • Eye appearance is bothersome to the patient

Individuals with a prior pterygium can attempt to avoid getting more by:

  • Wearing sunglasses to protect against ultraviolet light
  • Using artificial tears when eyes feel try
  • Wearing glasses or goggles to protect the eyes from dust

Schedule an Exam with Our Ophthalmologist in Windermere

Our practice in Windermere offers a full array of vision services for residents of the West Orlando area. Whether you need corrective eyewear or eye care for any of a variety of diseases that could affect your vision, we’re here to help. At Remagin, we perform surgery for eye diseases and other conditions. Make sure you have the best vision possible by calling us today at 407-674-1856 to schedule an exam with our ophthalmologist, Dr. Deepak Raja.

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