Pterygium is more commonly referred to as surfer’s eye, though you most certainly need not be a surfer to develop it. Here at New York Cornea Consultants, you can get skilled diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment for this condition.
How can you identify pterygium, what should you do about it, and when do you need to be seen by our Great Neck eye specialist? You’ll notice a growth on the clear part of your eyes at the front. This part of the eye is called the conjunctiva. You might recognizes it as being where the pink eye infection originates. You may even mistake pterygium for pink eye due to the coloring involved. However, this growth gets bigger and can cover your entire eye. There is no reason to panic, though. Some get it in one eye and others get it in both. It is typically not painful, and is more accurately describe as frustrating or uncomfortable in some cases, but it may also not bother you at all, other than the visual aspect. If you experience burning, itching, redness, or the sensation that something is inside your eye, they would not be considered unusual for pterygium. Contributing factors to the condition are excessive exposure to the sun, particularly UV light; dry eyes; and dust, wind, or other irritants. Our Great Neck eye specialist will conduct a checkup that includes a slit lamp exam, which is also used to detect cataracts. Treatment options include ointments, eye drops, steroidal eye drops, and even surgery, though that is typically only if the growth is interfering with your vision or causing discomfort.
So if you notice the onset of symptoms or you simply are not happy with the the effects that pterygium has on your appearance, all you need do is contact our office to arrange an appointment to see our Great Neck eye specialist.