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Pterygium Surgery in Sedalia, MO

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What Is a Pterygium?

A pterygium is a growth in the eye that develops on the white part of the eye, known as the sclera. This noncancerous growth is often referred to as "surfer's eye" or an eye web and is often caused by extended exposure to UV light, wind, sand, and more. It has also been linked to dry eye syndrome. This condition often starts on the clear membrane covering the sclera called the conjunctiva in the inner corner of the eye. The growth can expand to cover the entire cornea and may even lead to a misshapen cornea, which can alter vision. Sedalia Eye Associates offers treatment to remove pterygium. For more information on this condition or to schedule an eye exam, contact our office in Sedalia or Warsaw, MO .

How Are Pterygia Diagnosed and Treated?

A pterygium is often discovered and diagnosed through a comprehensive eye exam. A slit lamp could be used to get a better look at the growth under a light and magnification device. Corneal mapping may also be performed. Pterygia can be pink, white, or even gray and have a distinct appearance. Aside from the visual distinction, some common symptoms include:

  • Blurry vision
  • Redness
  • Irritation
  • The sense of feeling something in the eye

When you visit our Sedalia or Warsaw, MO office for a pterygium, a few different courses of action may be taken. In many cases, the pterygium may heal on its own or could be resolved simply with eye drops. However, if it alters your vision or causes concerns of astigmatism or something else, it may be suggested that you have the pterygium surgically removed. Our team uses the latest techniques to perform this procedure in order to preserve the surrounding structures of your eye. If surgical intervention is necessary, we will work with you to create a treatment plan that will help promote your eye health.

Protect Your Ocular Health

A pterygium is generally one of the less concerning eye conditions; however, it could end up becoming more problematic and impacting your vision. Sedalia Eye Associates offers advanced care for diagnosing, treating, and managing a pterygium and your ocular health. If you have any of the signs or symptoms of a pterygium, it's important to schedule an appointment with one of our eye specialists at our Sedalia or Warsaw, MO office.

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