Pterygium Surgery in the Central Valley

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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 who 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, or the symptoms may vary with different people at different times.

Common symptoms include:

  • Redness
  • Blurred vision
  • Irritation
  • Burning sensation
  • Itchiness
  • Foreign Body Sensation

If a pterygium grows large enough, 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, 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, we may perform additional tests to the ones you may take part in during a typical eye exam. These include:

Treating Pterygium

If you have a pterygium, treating the symptoms may include artificial tears and sometimes a steroid eye drop however if all else fails, surgery may be necessary. Pterygium surgery is a day surgery under local anesthesia that we perform in our offices at Natural Vision or at a surgical center.

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 and local anesthetic. The doctor will carefully remove the pterygium and some associated conjunctiva tissue.

Once removed, your surgeon will cover the area with a graft of associated membrane tissue. Mitomycin (off label usage) may also be used to prevent recurrent growths.

Your ophthalmologist will provide you with specific aftercare instructions that involve cleaning procedure, medications, and follow-up visits. Your eyes can take anywhere from a few weeks to a month to heal. Generally, people may return to work 1-2 weeks after surgery.

It is normal to experience discomfort, tearing and redness following your procedure. Your vision may also be blurry while your eye is healing. However, if you have any questions or concerns please give us a call .

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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