Pterygium: Causes and Treatment

Pterygium: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

Empowering You with Insights into Pterygium and Eye Health 

Peachtree Ophthalmology is committed to providing valuable information on eye conditions. Explore the details of pterygium, its causes, symptoms, and the effective treatment options available: 

  1. What is a Pterygium?
    • A pterygium is a non-cancerous growth on the clear, outer layer of the eye (conjunctiva) that can extend onto the cornea. It is often triangular in shape and may cause irritation or affect vision. 
  1. Causes of Pterygium:
    • Excessive UV Exposure: Pterygium is commonly associated with prolonged exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light, such as sunlight. 
    • Dry and Windy Conditions: Environmental factors, including dry and windy conditions, may contribute to the development of pterygium. 
  1. Symptoms of Pterygium:
    • Redness and Irritation: Pterygium may cause redness, irritation, or a sensation of having a foreign body in the eye. 
    • Blurred Vision: In some cases, a pterygium can grow over the cornea, leading to blurred or distorted vision. 
  1. Treatment Options:
    • Artificial Tears: Lubricating eye drops may provide relief from dryness and irritation associated with pterygium. 
    • Surgical Removal: If the pterygium causes significant discomfort, vision impairment, or persistent symptoms, surgical removal may be recommended. 
  1. Pterygium Surgery:
    • Pterygium surgery involves removing the abnormal tissue and may include grafting healthy tissue onto the affected area to reduce the likelihood of recurrence. 
  1. Prevention Strategies:
    • Protective Eyewear: Wearing sunglasses with UV protection can shield the eyes from harmful sunlight, reducing the risk of pterygium. 
    • Eye Hygiene: Maintaining good eye hygiene and using lubricating eye drops can help minimize irritation and dryness. 
  1. Comprehensive Eye Exams:
    • Regular eye exams are crucial for early detection of pterygium and other eye conditions. Our clinic conducts thorough evaluations to assess your eye health and recommend appropriate interventions. 
  1. Patient-Centric Care:
    • At Peachtree Ophthalmology, our patient-centric approach ensures that your individual needs and concerns are addressed. We strive to provide personalized care for optimal eye health. 
Peachtree Ophthalmology- Eye Doctor Near Me in Norcross GA

If you suspect you have a pterygium or are experiencing eye discomfort, schedule an appointment at Peachtree Ophthalmology, located at Norcross near Peachtree Corners, for a comprehensive eye evaluation and personalized treatment plan. Call us for an appointment today. 

How To Contact Us

Our eye clinic is ideally located close to the intersection of Holcomb Bridge Rd and Spalding Dr. Serving Norcross GA, Duluth, Sandy Springs, Roswell & Johns Creek.


4045 Wetherburn Way, Ste 1
Peachtree Corners, GA 30092

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Mon - Fri: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sat & Sun: Closed

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