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Pterygium Treatment

Do you have a pterygium?

Do you have an unsightly growth on your cornea, the clear part of your eye? Are one or both of your eyes red and itchy? Do you feel the sensation of a foreign body in your eye? If so, you may have a pterygium. A pterygium is a growth of the conjunctiva, the clear thin tissue that lays over the white part of your eye. It is possible to have a pterygium on one or both of your eyes and it can vary in size. If left untreated, the pterygium can lead to vision problems. If it grows over the pupillary zone it can lead to blindness and many other serious eye problems. This is why pterygium treatment is so important.

Pterygium Treatment – Before

Surgical removal is the only permanent pterygium treatment available. Lucky for you, we offer the latest suture-free technique. But, before deciding to get your pterygium surgically removed, there are a couple factors you should consider. The first is that the result should be cosmetically pleasing. The second is that it should not come back. Both of these may seem obvious, but the only way to guarantee these results is to make sure you go to a very skilled cornea surgeon specializing in the latest techniques. If you decide to get pterygium treatment make sure to  discontinue any blood thinners, such as aspirin. You will also need to start any antibiotic drops or ointment you are given to help prevent infection. .

Pterygium Treatment – During

To avoid recurrence after your pterygium treatment, there are a few things your surgeon must make sure to do. He or she must avoid prolonged bleeding which can cause prolonged redness and swelling. The pterygium must be completely removed from the cornea, and remaining fibers must be polished to leave a clean surface. The entire pterygium must be marked out and excised. Microdissect the scaffolding on which the pterygium grows. Cauterize all bleeders. Finally, cover the bare area with conjuctival autograft or aminograft allograft using tissue or another bio glue. If your surgeon follows these steps recurrence should not be a problem.

Pterygium Treatment

Pterygium Treatment – After

After your pterygium treatment, there are some steps you need to take to insure you have a full and safe recovery. You will need to taper the steroid and non-steroid drops. Do not stop them abruptly. Use punctal occluders if necessary and keep the eyes hydrated and moist. Make sure to keep an eye out for early recurrence. And lastly make sure to treat any signs of early recurrence with anti-inflammatory drops or Mitomycin injection.

Pterygium Treatment – Final Words

Pterygium treatment should not be taken lightly. Do not wait until you go blind! Also, avoid having lasik eye surgery if you have pterygium. Most medical insurances cover the cost of your pterygium treatment, so do not let cost be a factor. Give us a call today, we may even be able to offer you a free screening. Call Now 310 482 1240

Written by Rajesh Khanna, MD

Los Angeles Lasik Surgeon Rajesh Khanna MD is a recognized pioneer in Presbyopic Implants for correction of aging eyes. He has popularized Cornea Cross Linking and Intacs forKeratoconus. He is an Expert Cataract, Pterygium Eye Surgeon, A Cornea Specialist he performs Laser Corneal Transplants, DMEK, DSEK and DALK. Rajesh Khanna MD is a well known medical writer. He has published the bestseller "The miracle of Pi in Eye".He is also a columnist for the newspaper Acorn. Dr.Khanna also hosts "Medical Magic". In his spare time he hikes with his family and German Shepard or does yoga. He also plays field hockey and loves swimming.