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Pterygium Surgery Specialists

Fuerst Eye Center

Board-Certified Ophthalmologists & Eye Surgeons located in West Covina, CA & Glendale / La Canada, CA

Pterygia are benign, but the growth that develops on your cornea may interfere with your vision. Board-certified ophthalmologists David Fuerst, MD and Nicole Fuerst, MD at Fuerst Eye Center in Glendale and West Covina, California are cornea surgical experts. They offer pterygium surgery to remove this fleshy growth and restore your vision. To schedule a consultation, call the office or use the online booking tool today.

Pterygium Surgery Q & A

What is a pterygium [pleural- pterygia]?

A pterygium is a fleshy growth that develops on the surface of your cornea. Pterygia can vary in size. They contain blood vessels and can grow and cover a portion of your cornea and affect vision. 

Pterygia are noncancerous growths that result from sun damage. Therefore, you may be at risk if you spend a lot of time in the sun. People who live in dusty, sandy, or windblown areas are also at greater risk of developing this fleshy growth.

What are pterygium symptoms?

Your pterygium symptoms may vary in type and severity. Common symptoms include:

  • Eye redness
  • Itchy eye
  • Eye swelling
  • Blurred vision
  • Dry eyes

The growth may also make it feel as though you have sand or dirt in your eye. 

How is a pterygium treated?

The board-certified ophthalmologists at Fuerst Eye Center develop personalized treatment plans for the management of pterygium based on the severity of your symptoms. In some cases, you may not require any treatment at all. 

However, the team may suggest wearing sunglasses or a hat to prevent the growth from getting bigger. Artificial tears or vasoconstrictors (redness-reducing drops) may also be used to alleviate symptoms.

If your pterygium is bothersome or affecting your vision, the eye experts at Fuerst Eye Center can talk with you about your surgical options. 

What is pterygium surgery?

Pterygium surgery is a procedure that removes the growth from your eye. The eye surgery experts at Fuerst Eye Center offer the most advanced surgery options to prevent the growth from recurring.

The team will review your surgical options with you and help you determine the method best suited for you.

To schedule a pterygium surgery consultation with the surgical experts at Fuerst Eye Center, call the office or request an appointment online today.