Pterygium Surgery in the Central Valley

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Specialized Procedures to Preserve Your Health

A pterygium is a growth that develops from the conjunctiva, over the cornea . They are often wedge-shaped and can be located on any part of the eye. The growths are typically benign or noncancerous but may significantly interfere with your vision if not treated.

There are a few explanations as for why they develop such as the excessive exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light. Individuals that live in sunny climates seem to develop them more often.

Other external elements have been thought to affect how these growths develop on individuals that live in certain areas. These include but not limited to:

  • Pollen
  • Sand
  • Smoke
  • Wind

Pterygium growths may not always have symptoms, but when they do, they are typically mild. Common symptoms include:

  • Redness
  • Blurred vision
  • Irritation
  • Burning sensation
  • Itchiness
  • Foreign Body Sensation (feeling of something in the eye)

If a pterygium grows large enough to cover part of the cornea, you may experience distorted vision and decrease in your overall vision. It may also feel like you have something in your eye, and contact lens wear can become uncomfortable.

Diagnosing Pterygium Growths

If you think you may be developing a pterygium growth, please book an appointment with your ophthalmologist. At Natural Vision, we use various state-of-the-art technologies and diagnostic tools to assess your ocular health and vision.

When diagnosing pterygium growths, we may perform additional tests to the ones you may take part in during a typical eye exam. These include:

Treating Pterygium Growths

If you have a pterygium growth, treating it involves a straightforward surgical procedure. Pterygium surgery is a minimally invasive day surgery that we perform in our offices at Natural Vision.

We will take the time to prepare you with general guidelines for ocular surgery beforehand.

Pterygium surgery generally takes no longer than 10-30 minutes and is considered a “low-risk” procedure. Your surgeon will numb your eyes using medicated eye drops. After cleaning the surrounding areas, they will carefully remove the pterygium and some associated conjunctiva tissue using a specialized blade.

Once removed, your surgeon will replace the tissue with a graft of associated membrane tissue to prevent recurrent growths. They will use either sutures to attach the tissue graft.

Dissolvable sutures may cause more discomfort during recovery time and extend the time your eye takes to heal.

After the procedure, your surgeon will apply an eye patch or pad to protect your eye and prevent infection. Do not rub your eyes after the procedure.

Your ophthalmologist will provide you with specific aftercare instructions that involve cleaning procedures, medication, and follow-up visits. Your eyes can take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months to heal completely.

It is normal to experience discomfort and redness following your procedure. Your vision may also be blurry while your eyes are healing. However, if you begin to experience severe pain, redness, bleeding, vision loss, or any other abnormal complications, give us a call immediately.

If you have questions about your ocular health or vision, we would love to help. Please give us a call to book your appointment!

Our Locations

Fresno

Address

6767 North Fresno Street
Fresno, California 93710

Contact Information

Phone: 559-432-1000

Find our Fresno office at 6767 North Fresno Street on the Southwest corner of Fresno and Herndon off the 41.

Hours of Operations

Monday
8 AM5 PM
Tuesday
8 AM5 PM
Wednesday
8 AM5 PM
Thursday
8 AM5 PM
Friday
8 AM5 PM
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed

Madera

Address

1011 West Yosemite Avenue
Madera, California 93637

Contact Information

Phone: 559-673-6000

Find our Madera office at 1011 West Yosemite Avenue on the corner of Yosemite and P Street.

 

Hours of Operations

Monday
8 AM5 PM
Tuesday
8 AM5 PM
Wednesday
8 AM5 PM
Thursday
8 AM5 PM
Friday
8 AM5 PM
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed

Sanger

Address

Suite 103, 2514 Jensen Avenue
Sanger, California 93657

Contact Information

Phone: 559-875-2000

Find our Sanger office at Suite 103, 2514 Jensen Avenue, on the corner of Jensen and Bethel (same corner as Panda Express).

 

Hours of Operations

Monday
8 AM5 PM
Tuesday
8 AM5 PM
Wednesday
8 AM5 PM
Thursday
8 AM5 PM
Friday
Closed
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed

Address

6767 North Fresno Street
Fresno, California 93710

Contact Information

Phone: 559-432-1000

Find our Fresno office at 6767 North Fresno Street on the Southwest corner of Fresno and Herndon off the 41.

Hours of Operations

Monday
8 AM5 PM
Tuesday
8 AM5 PM
Wednesday
8 AM5 PM
Thursday
8 AM5 PM
Friday
8 AM5 PM
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed

Address

1011 West Yosemite Avenue
Madera, California 93637

Contact Information

Phone: 559-673-6000

Find our Madera office at 1011 West Yosemite Avenue on the corner of Yosemite and P Street.

 

Hours of Operations

Monday
8 AM5 PM
Tuesday
8 AM5 PM
Wednesday
8 AM5 PM
Thursday
8 AM5 PM
Friday
8 AM5 PM
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed

Address

Suite 103, 2514 Jensen Avenue
Sanger, California 93657

Contact Information

Phone: 559-875-2000

Find our Sanger office at Suite 103, 2514 Jensen Avenue, on the corner of Jensen and Bethel (same corner as Panda Express).

 

Hours of Operations

Monday
8 AM5 PM
Tuesday
8 AM5 PM
Wednesday
8 AM5 PM
Thursday
8 AM5 PM
Friday
Closed
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed

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