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can steroid eye drops can remove pterygium?

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Dr. Tim Conrad
Ophthalmology 34 years experience
No: There is no medicine that will remove a pterygium. Surgery is required for this.
Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
Ophthalmology 25 years experience
Pterygium & ster: 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 with surgery. It is generally benign. It is due to excess sun/UV exposure usually. Steroids can help decrease inflammation but will not get rid/remove it. Only way to remove: surgery.

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A 41-year-old member asked:

Could steroid eye drops be used to remove pterygium?

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Dr. Ron Jones
Dr. Ron Jones answered
Family Medicine 45 years experience
No: No
Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Sometimes it is used to prevent post-surgical scarring from developing. Depends on size o fpterygium, but agreed it's not use to remove it!
Jul 13, 2014

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