Benign, wedge shaped growth
Some become inflamed and red at times, while others may be large and/or thick, causing discomfort or interfering with vision. Generally, however, it may be safely left alone. It is not a cancer, nor will it develop into a cancer.
Pterygia are more likely to develop in people who spend a lot of time in the sun. The actual cause is unknown, however genetic factors may feature, as pterygia can run in families. Many need no treatment.
- Redness due to numerous blood vessels in the pterygium makes the eye look bloodshot. (Topical medications can reduce this temporarily);
- The leading edge of the pterygium pulls the cornea, distorting its shape causing astigmatism;
- Normal vision is threatened by a large pterygium growing over the pupil;
- Persistent irritation, tearing and discomfort are experienced;
- Pterygium interferes with the wearing of contact lenses;
- Appearance of pterygium is unsightly.
used with the written permission of his patients.
Many of our patients are sent to us by referring doctors for a consultation, and we strive to promptly report our findings and recommendations. It is helpful if medications, x-rays or other tests related to your condition are brought with you to your appointment.
Dr Davies – Consulting
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Every 2nd Friday – 8.00 am – 4.00 pm (small procedures)