How would you treat a pinguecula or a pterygium?
Typically, these eye growths do not need to be treated. However, they can be treated if they are causing you some sort of discomfort or if they’re obstructing your vision. A Pinguecula treatment will usually consist of drops to relieve dry eye irritation. They also can help you if you feel as though something is physically stuck in your eye. If the growth becomes unbearable and causes redness or swelling throughout your eye, then Doctor Henderson may prescribe you steroidal eye drops. If the growth is physically affecting your vision or if you cannot bear its appearance, surgery may be a secondary avenue to visit.
A Pterygium treatment can also be treated using lubricated or steroidal eye drops. If the growth becomes large enough to cause vision loss or obstruction, your ophthalmologist will recommend removing it. Your eye surgeon would transplant a thin piece of normal tissue onto the affected area. This specific technique helps reduce the chance that your pterygium will grow back.
The best and easier way to avoid either one of these growths returning is to stay out of dryness, sunlight, and dust.