A pterygium (pronounced tur-IJ-ee-um) is a benign growth of vessels on the thin covering on the white part of the eye. It may remain small or may grow large enough to interfere with vision.
Pterygium occurs more often in people who spend a great deal of time outdoors, especially in sunny climates. Long-term exposure to sunlight, especially ultraviolet (UV) rays, and chronic eye irritation from dry, dusty conditions may contribute to pterygium.
The symptoms of pterygium are often not severe, but may include eye irritation, redness, and blurred vision. Most patients complain of itchiness, scratchiness and burning. A pterygium grows slowly, and may not affect your vision unless it grows directly over the center of the cornea.
Dr. Vendal uses No-Stitch Pterygium/Amniotic Membrane Graft Surgery to remove Pterygiums. Using this surgical technique, combined with special medication, the rate of recurrence is dramatically reduced. The procedure takes about 30 minutes to complete, and most patients are able to return to normal activities within one or two days of surgery..