A tissue growth over the eye that looks like a wedge is described as pterygium. Treatment is not usually needed unless it makes you unable to see, the growth is noticeable, or it is bringing about inflammation. When this happens, you need to see a surgeon to get it removed as quickly as possible.
A healthy eye has an all-white background. But when a pink fleshy tissue begins to form on the sclera (white part of the eye) and spreads to the cornea, pterygium sets in. This condition is quite common and typically shows up on the side of the eye that is very close to the nose. The growth is usually not harmful and typically needs no treatment. However should you discover that the tissue is growing rapidly in size, please see a doctor fast to prevent blocked vision and significant injury to the eye.
To understand more about this eye condition and how pterygium surgery can be of immense help, keep reading as this page will reveal what you should know about the symptoms, causes, treatment options, and the fee for pterygium surgery. This information will help you understand this optical disorder better.
The plural form of pterygium is pterygia. Should you be experiencing this problem, a tissue growth with the shape of a wedge will be visible on your eye. This will make you feel like there is something - a material in your eye.
Accompanied by this feeling are:
Patients do experience more discomfort following the growth and spread of pterygium. Do well to avoid touching your eyes as much as possible until a doctor gets to examine your eye and diagnose the problem professionally.
Until the pterygium begins to develop into the cornea, you may still be able to see clearly. But when it encroaches the cornea to a great extent, your vision will become fuzzy and disoriented. In developed countries of the world, the issue of reduced vision is not common. It may happen when the tissue grows towards the core of the cornea, or as a result of astigmatism. Whatever the case, keep an eye out for these signs and symptoms and report to your doctor the moment you notice anything unusual about your eyes.
Should you feel that you already have pterygium and need to be treated, come to us for proper diagnosis, and we will discuss several treatment options you can have to get better.
Several factors can trigger this eye condition. They include the following:
Where the growth is stable and not progressive, there is usually no danger, and treatment may not be necessary. Should there be any form of discomfort like itchiness, lubricating eye drops can relieve the symptoms. Do not be persuaded into thinking that if the pterygium is not causing any problems now, it may not do so later on. To be on the safe side, always get your eyes checked from time to time to know its condition and how it is or isn’t progressing. Should your eyesight be affected by this condition, the option to have it removed via surgery is available.
Should it require surgery for excision, you may have to undergo the procedure under local or general anaesthetic, just like so many surgeries. However, this solely depends on the pterygium size, where the pterygium is located, your choice and the recommendation of the surgeon.
During the procedure, your surgeon will take out the pterygium using very tiny surgical instruments. From there, they will carry out an autograft. This involves taking tissue from a portion of normal conjunctiva to cover up the space created by the excised pterygium. Typically, this tissue will be taken from the part of the eye covered by the eyelid. Using biodegradable stitches that will dissolve some time post-surgery, the graft is sewn or glued into position.
The most efficient style of carrying out this surgery is referred to as the conjunctival autografting. It is this technique most surgeons use. The perk of this method is that it lowers the risk of recurrence, which is a prevalent pterygium surgery complication, to less than 5%. So it is relatively safe.
To receive a surgical operation for pterygium costs £2,900 per eye.
Our finance options come with a 0% interest rate. This helps the payment for surgery to be spread over a 12 months period.
However, an initial 10% deposit is to be paid, and the remaining fee spread over either 6, 10 or 12 months depending on which is convenient for you at a 0% interest rate.
See us today to know how we can be of help to you and how our convenient system of payment can help.
Just like we said earlier, the most typical complication linked with pterygium surgery is a pterygium recurrence (after removing the tissue growth, it begins to develop again).
At Optimal Vision, our surgeons employ the sutureless glue method. This approach lowers the complication of recurrence to a percent. It might interest you to know that our professional corneal surgeons have recorded tremendous successes in performing so many pterygium surgeries.
Apart from that, see other reasons why we stand out for this treatment:
Knowing the danger of surgery from less experienced surgeons, we encourage you to seek the best in the industry. We are happy to say that we have carefully selected and retained only dedicated and highly successful surgeons with a heart for treating patients optimally at our practice.
Our surgeons have received the best training at the best centres in London and around the world. So, we have the requisite experience, knowledge, and skills to perform this operation successfully. Holding their heads high in excellent training for cornea, refractive, and cataract surgery, our surgeons have a very high level of surgical skills.
At the helm of operations at our practice, are well-trained consultants with decades of experience in pterygium surgery. We pride in our ability to give the best form of eye treatment depending on what your case requires. Patients get customized treatment plans for specific needs, followed by great care and support after treatment.
Laser eye surgery and lens surgery are done using the latest technology and tools in the industry. Same goes for pterygium surgery. We have all that is needed to perform a painless and effective tissue excision to bring back the health of your eye. What we do at Optimal Vision is combine the best optical technology with the best hands in surgery to repair any damage that has been done to the eye. It's a painstaking effort, but we do it because we are passionate about delivering only one thing - excellent eye care services!
You can visit our central clinic in London for your eye treatment. We are available at all times for your eye treatment.
If you can't come in person to our clinic, you can get our professional help via video consultation. This is available for both patients who are insured and those paying from their pocket. Just like your regular video call, you will get to speak with our surgeon to know more about your eye condition.
We offer a 0% finance for patients who need any of our eye surgical treatments. With this, you can pay more conveniently by spreading payment over several months if needed.
We are always delighted to see patients return home with their eye condition restored to normalcy thanks to our dedication to excellence and highly advanced practitioners and technologies.
Are you having problems with your eyesight and would like a diagnostic test and possible treatment options, feel free to contact us today.
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