• What is Pterygium and How is it Treated?

    || 02-10-2016

    Not usually a serious eye condition, a pterygium, also known as “surfer’s eye”, is a small wing-shaped fleshy membrane that grows over the cornea. Usually growing on the side of the eye near the nose, it can also grow on the opposite side. It is also not uncommon to have it growing on both sides of the cornea, called “kissing pterygia”. Pterygium can cause some annoying symptoms such as the feeling of having something in your eye but it can also become red and irritated requiring medical attention.

    Why Does it Happen

    The cause of pterygium is not clear, but it is often found in those with a family history and in people with a history of high exposure to sunlight. People who live near the equator report higher cases of the condition as well because of their prolonged exposure to UV rays.

    What are the Effects

    Pterygium can cause the following:

    • Chronic irritation
    • Redness
    • Tearing
    • Severe astigmatism
    • Blindness (in severe cases)

    What are the Treatment Options

    Artificial tears and the use of vaso-constrictive eye drops (Naphcon and visine) can treat some of the symptoms, but require surgery to avoid worsening symptoms or vision impairments.

    During surgery, the pterygium is surgically removed and the area is covered with a small piece of conjunctiva (thin clear skin that covers the eyeball). In a standard pterygium surgery, the graft is resected from a patient’s eye by ophthalmologists using a blade or scissors, which can cause the eye to bleed, which can affect the difficulty and length of the procedure. Dr. Soroudi wanted to improve the procedure so he invented a new procedure that allows the graft to be removed without sciossors. Because of this advancement, Dr. Soroudi is able to perform a bloodless procedure that is more comfortable for the patient during the surgery and in recovery.

    After the pterygium is removed, Dr. Soroudi applies a small amount of Mitomycin-C, a “anti-fibrotic” medication to the area. This has been shown to help prevent recurrences. Following the procedure, more surgeons apply sutures to keep the membranes in place, but Dr. Soroudi uses a sutureless technique. This is done with a special glue called Tisseel Fibrin Sealant that holds the grafts in place and avoids severe irritation and redness often caused with sutures.  This technique allows for a more comfortable recovery period as well.

    Are you suffering from a pterygium? Contact us today at (888) 495-0977 to schedule an appointment to see how Dr. Soroudi can help you with his scissorless and sutureless pterygium surgery.  During your consultation you will meet with Dr. Soroudi and receive a comprehensive eye exam and be able to learn more about the procedures we offer and which will be the best fit for you.

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