Re:Vision this month talk about the treatment of pterygium, which may be more well known as ‘surfer’s eye’, as it is more common in people who spend a lot of time outdoors, especially surfers, who may be more at risk than others.
A pterygium is pronounced ‘tur-IJ-gee-um’ is a wholly benign, fleshy tissue growth on the surface of the conjunctiva, the clear tissue that lines your eyelids and covers your eyeball, and it typically forms in the corner of the eye closest to your nose and can often extend across the surface of the cornea. Re:Vision are keen to advise that although they look a little scary, they’re fairly harmless. However, they can grow across your pupil and cause vision problems.
Re:Vision recommend that there are two ways to treat pterygia, depending on their nature, symptoms and size; either eye drops or surgery. Eye drops are used to reduce irritation and redness and, if dryness of the eye is a problem, for lubrication as well.
Re:Vision will perform surgery if someone’s vision starts to become affected. The pterygium is carefully removed and a healthy conjunctival graft is put over the area and secured in place with advanced tissue-glue, and there is no need for sutures. This leads to faster healing, more comfort and healthier, brighter looking eyes.
It is recommended that you wear sunglasses or a hat to shield your eyes from sunlight, wind, and dust as a preventative measure. The most famous person in New Zealand to experience a pterygium is Black Caps’ cricketer, Ross Taylor, who had to use eye drops during a game, and went on to have the growth successfully removed.
If you’re getting symptoms like irritation, redness, burning or blurred vision you should give the friendly team at Re:Vision a call. They can answer any questions you have.
Call now on 0800 55 20 20 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org and to book a consult or find out more about lens replacement surgery, corneal transplant surgery and cataract surgery please go to http://www.revision.nz .