Pterygium Removal in San Antonio, TX

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What Is a Pterygium?

A pterygium is a non-harmful tumor that happens on the conjunctiva or the thin, clear layer that covers and helps moisturize the sclera or the white part of your eye. Located in the corner, inner part of your eye, the lesion appears reddish and shaped like a triangle. Even though this growth is benign, it could expand into the cornea or the top portion of your eye. The cornea helps bend and refract light, and it enables you to see things clearly. Without receiving treatment, pterygium can harm your vision. However, Dr. Kristin Held will assess your eyes and provide customized treatment for pterygium so it does not get out of hand. Please schedule an appointment at Eye Surgeon Direct in San Antonio, TX with Dr. Held to learn more.

How Are Pterygia Diagnosed and Treated?

Because pterygia have an unmistakable appearance, Dr. Held can generally diagnose the issue with a comprehensive eye exam. For some patients, she utilizes different diagnostic tools, such as a slit lamp or corneal mapping, to further review the growth. Pterygia can look pink, white, or gray and could produce cosmetic concerns. The condition causes a variety of irritating symptoms, including:

  • Redness
  • Burning
  • Distorted vision
  • Foreign body sensation

For some patients, a pterygium may go away without professional treatment or with specialized eye drops. Individuals who notice that it impacts their eyesight or creates other eye problems, like astigmatism, may need to undergo pterygium removal. At Eye Surgeon Direct, Dr. Held uses the best techniques to safely and effectively eliminate pterygia without harming the nearby eye structures.

Protect Your Ocular Health

Although a pterygium is often a minor eye concern, it could grow big and impact your vision or cause embarrassment. At Eye Surgeon Direct, Dr. Held diagnoses, treats, and prevents any extensive damage from happening. Please give us a call if you experience discomfort caused by pterygia. Our San Antonio, TX eye doctor, Dr. Held, proudly offers services for various eye care needs, including pterygia.

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