If you are looking for an excellent eye doctor, who is well-versed in treating patients who have Somerville pterygium eye problems, then you will want to come and see our top-notch optometrist, Dr. Timothy P. Sullivan, at our Somerset Hills Eye Care Center.
Somerville pterygium is also called surfer’s eye. The main symptom of pterygium is a growth of pink flashy tissue on the conjunctiva. The conjunctiva is the clear tissue that lines your eyelids and covers the cornea. This growth will usually form on the side that is closest to your nose and grows toward the pupil. While you may be first extremely unnerved to see this growth, you can rest assured that it is not a cancerous growth. This growth can spread slowly over the course of your life, or stop developing after a certain time. However, there are times when the growth will cover your pupil and cause problems with your vision. Sometimes a person may feel like they have something in their eye, or the eye can get red and irritated needing medical treatment. There are often no symptoms leading up to this eye problem which can just occur. However, at other times, some symptoms might include a burning or gritty feeling in the eye. The eye may also look red or feel like you have something in it. People who get this eye problem have usually had a lot of exposure to ultraviolet light, dry eyes, or constant irritation from dust and wind. It is most common in people who live in sunny places. This eye condition can be diagnosed by our doctor who can look at the eye with a slit lamp. In mild cases, the condition does not need treatment; if treatment is needed, over-the-counter eye ointments or eye drops can clear up redness and irritation. If repeated problems occur, eye surgery may be the best solution.
For an appointment to see our eye doctor if you think you are experiencing problems with Somerville pterygium, contact us today.