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i was diagnosed with an eye pterygium, what to do?

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Dr. Kurt Andreason
LASIK Surgery 23 years experience
Pterygium: Read about it on the internet. The can be removed by an eye surgeon (ophthalmologist) if they become symptomatic, change vision, grow extensively or toward the pupil. They should have a graft place when removed to decrease the risk of recurrence. It is not a difficult procedure by experiene and training are important because there are some risks. After removal, expect to be sore a few days.
Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
Ophthalmology 25 years experience
Pterygium: Pterygium:very common, abnormal growth of clear covering (conjunctiva) of white part of the eye (sclera) over the cornea (window of the eye). If severe and causing discomfort or red, it can be removed with surgery. It is generally benign. It is due to excess sun/UV exposure usually. Prevention is only remedy. Avoid sun (sunglasses, hat); avoid smoking. Natural rx info: see eyedoc2020.blogspot.com
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Probably nothing: Pterygia are a benign growth which sometimes will exuberantly march across the cornea and affect the vision. They can sometimes get quite red and irritate the eye. They do not need treatment unless they become continually irritating and red or when they threaten the vision. Most do not reach this point.

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Hello, I was diagnosed with an eye pterygium? Help!

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Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
Ophthalmology 25 years experience
Pterygium: Pterygium is a very common abnormal growth of the clear covering (conjunctiva) of the white part of the eye (sclera) over the cornea (window of the eye). If severe and causing discomfort or red, it can be removed. It is generally benign. It is due to excess sun/UV exposure usually.

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