Pterygium, often referred to as surfer’s eye, is a benign growth of the conjunctiva (the clear tissue that covers the white part of the eye) that extends onto the cornea. It can occur due to prolonged exposure to UV light and is more common in people living close to the equator. Dr Surbhi Kapadia, an experienced eye specialist in Vadodara, provides effective treatment options for pterygium.
Symptoms of pterygium include a noticeable growth in the eye, redness, inflammation, itching, a burning sensation, or the feeling of a foreign body in the eye. In some cases, it can lead to vision problems if the growth extends to the centre of the cornea.
Major risk factors for pterygium include excessive exposure to sunlight, especially UV light, and irritants like wind and dust. It’s more common in individuals aged between 30 and 50, and those living in a hot, dry climate.
In mild cases, pterygium might not require any treatment beyond regular monitoring. If the pterygium causes discomfort or disturbs vision, Dr. Kapadia, a leading ophthalmologist in Vadodara, can provide treatment options such as eye drops or ointments to reduce inflammation and irritation. In severe cases, surgical removal may be necessary.
Frequently Asked Questions About Pterygium
Pterygium typically does not go away on its own. While some might stop growing after a certain point, others can continue to grow and may need to be removed surgically.
If untreated and allowed to grow onto the cornea, pterygium can lead to vision disturbances and, in rare cases, loss of sight.
Pterygium surgery is usually performed under local anesthesia, so you shouldn’t feel pain during the procedure. Post-operative discomfort can be managed with medication.
There is a chance of recurrence, but using modern surgical techniques, the risk has been significantly reduced.
Protecting your eyes from excessive UV exposure by wearing sunglasses and a hat when outdoors can help. If you live in a dry, dusty area, using artificial tears can help keep your eyes lubricated.
Services offered by Dr Surbhi Kapadia:
Dr Surbhi Kapadia provides a comprehensive range of services to manage pterygium, from monitoring the condition to prescribing medication or performing surgery if necessary.
To schedule a consultation for pterygium with Dr. Surbhi Kapadia, the best eye specialist in Vadodara, contact us at 7203 03 40 17. She is available at Aadicura Superspeciality Hospital every day from 11 am to 5 pm, and also visits Godhra, Dahod, and Bharuch at specific times.