Serving Patients in Fort Worth and Hurst, TX
What is Pterygium?
A pterygium is a non-cancerous growth of the clear, thin tissue that lays over the white part of the eye. This condition is rare in children and often causes eye irritation. Trained ophthalmologist Dr. Marvelli can treat or remove pterygium at his state-of-the-art eye care center.
People at risk generally are:
- Exposed to sunny, dusty, sandy, or windblown areas
- Farmers, fishermen, and people living near the equator
If a pterygium is small but becomes inflamed, Dr. Marvelli may prescribe lubricants or possibly a mild steroid eye drop to reduce swelling and redness, and the associated eye irritation. In some cases, surgical removal by an ophthalmologist is necessary.
Who is a good candidate for the surgery?
Anyone with significant scar tissue growth which causes the eye irritation.
What is experienced during procedure itself?
No pain is experienced because of local anesthesia.
After procedure care and expectations?
Application of anti-inflammatory and antibiotic drops. The patient leaves with an eye patch which comes off within hours. Most people need a few days to a few weeks to reach optimal vision recovery and will still have eye irritation through the healing time but this symptom will disappear.
If you have eye irritation, board certified ophthalmologist, Dr. Marvelli can examine you at any of his two locations, Colleyville/Hurst or Ft. Worth, Texas to determine if you have this condition and what the appropriate treatment is.