Pterygium Treatment in Brisbane
A pterygium is a slightly raised, wedge-shaped growth containing blood vessels that appears on the conjunctiva, the clear membrane covering the front of the eye. Though any type of growth on the eye can be a cause for concern, pterygia are noncancerous and, in many cases, painless. With the care of a qualified doctor like Dr Joshua Hann, a pterygium can be treated with a short, straightforward surgical procedure and should not grow back.
Doctors are not completely sure what causes pterygia, but they do know that the growths are more common in people who are frequently exposed to sunlight, dust, sand and wind. Those who work outside or are avid surfers or fishers, for example, are more likely to develop pterygia than those who spend most of their time indoors.
Signs and Symptoms
Pterygia are visually noticeable but usually painless. They may be transparent or opaque, depending on how advanced the growth is. Sometimes a pterygium can cause eye irritation, burning or the sensation that a speck of dust or debris is caught in the eyes. Pterygia that get big enough to cover and distort the cornea can interfere with vision.
Small pterygia that do not interfere with vision or cause irritation do not require treatment. Mild inflammation from a pterygium can be alleviated with lubricating eye drops or ointment.
If you have a pterygium that is uncomfortable or unsightly or impacts your visual clarity, Dr Hann can surgically remove it with a short, safe procedure. He has advanced training in pterygium surgery, and thanks to the modern techniques he uses, the growths generally do not reoccur.
During pterygium removal, the eye is completely numbed to prevent any pain. Dr Hann makes precise incisions and carefully removes the growth. He may also remove healthy tissue from another part of the eye and transplant it to the areas from which the pterygium was removed. This encourages optimal healing with minimal post-operative discomfort.
Redness and mild inflammation are common right after surgery, but subside quickly. Dr Hann prescribes anti-inflammation eye drops and topical antibiotics to further reduce the risk of complications after surgery. Patients are asked to wear an eye patch over the treated eye for approximately 24 hours after the procedure. Most are able to resume their daily routine as soon as the day after surgery.
Preventing the Recurrence of a Pterygium
Sun protection and protection from other elements like dust or wind is critical after pterygium removal. Dr Hann recommends wearing sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat whenever spending time outdoors. Ensuring a robust, healthy tear film is also important. Dr Hann can provide recommendations for maintaining good tear quality and quantities.
If you had a pterygium removed and notice your symptoms have returned, please contact Dr Hann promptly to request an evaluation.
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With advanced training in the medical and surgical management of cornea disease, cataracts and glaucoma, Dr Hann is imminently qualified to care for pterygia. To request a consultation with him to discuss any concerning growths, please call or email our office today.
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Pterygium is pink, fleshy growth across your cornea from the white part of your eye (sclera) that’s caused by sun damage. Unsightly and irritating, pterygium can also threaten your vision, so it’s important to see if it requires surgical removal.(picture). At Eastside Eye we provide surgical treatment with a modern approach that optimises appearance, reduces recurrence, and limits post-operative pain. For diagnosis and treatment, consultation at Eastside Eye today.