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Surfer's Eye: Best Treatments for Pterygium

Wednesday, 30 Apr 2014 08:30 PM

Pterygium is also known as surfer’s eye. Pterygium is the triangular fleshy tissue that extends over the cornea. Pterygium is a growth on the white of the eye, which can be mild or severe leading to interference in vision. Pterygium can develop from the condition of pinguecula causing redness and swelling of the eye. The pterygium may become thick or enlarged, causing the patient to feel as if there is something in the eye. If the pterygium is large, it can affect the shape of the surface of the cornea, causing astigmatism.

Some symptoms of surfer’s eye include:
  • Itchiness
  • Burning
  • Blurred vision
  • Gritty feeling
  • Sensation of foreign body in the eye
 
Treatments for Pterygium  
 
Mild cases of pterygium do not require treatments. If irritation or redness of the eye occurs as a worsening of the eye condition, treatments are advised. Surfer’s eye can be treated with medication including lubricating ointments and topical corticosteroids. Depending upon the response to the medication and severity of the surfer’s eye condition, further treatments such as surgery may be recommended.

Some treatments of pterygium are as follows:
  • Vasoconstrictor eye drops: Patients suffering from surfer’s eye can use vasoconstrictor eye drops as occasional treatments. An example of vasoconstrictor eye drops is Naphcon A.
  • Steroid eye drops: Treatments of surfer’s eye can recommend steroid eye drops. Some short courses of steroid eye drops include Lotemax or FML.
  • Lubricating eye drops: Treatments of surfer’s eye can prescribe lubricating eye drops such as Blink or Refresh drops.
  • Sunglasses: Sunglasses can be one of the best protective treatments against surfer’s eye. They can block 100 percent of the UVB and UVA rays. Also, UV light that reflects off water or snow is dangerous. Other than this, wearing a wide brimmed hat can also be helpful.
  • Surgery: Surgical excision is an outpatient procedure and is performed under local or typical anesthesia. If none of the previous treatments is effective, surgery can be opted as a treatment for correcting surfer’s eye. The lesion causing discomfort can be surgically removed with surgery in an outpatient procedure. Decision to opt for surgery depends upon the size and appearance of the surfer’s eye.
  • Other Treatments: If surfer’s eye recurs after the surgery, strontium plaque therapy can be used. Conjunctival autografting and amniotic membrane transplantation are some of the effective procedures for removing surfer’s eye.

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Pterygium, also referred to as surfer’s eye, is a condition of the eye with symptoms of itchiness, burning, and a gritty feeling. In severe cases, it may lead to blurred vision. Treatments such as ointments and eye drops usually work in mild cases. Surgery is performed in severe cases.
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