Pterygium

What is a pterygium?

A pterygium is a wing (pterygion) shaped fibrovascular growth that extends on to the cornea. It can cause redness of the eye and some gritty sensation. As it becomes larger, it can also blur your vision as it causes astigmatism. The usual cause of pterygium is excess exposure to sunlight without the protection of sunglasses.

 

How can a pterygium be treated

The current gold standard treatment is pterygium excision with a conjunctival-limbal autograft with the use of fibrin glue. If you are at high risk of the pterygium growing back or scarring, an additional medication (mitomycin) may be used during surgery.

The use of sunglasses is advised to reduce the risk of recurrence and scarring, but also to protect from further sun related damage to the same or other eye.

 

How to proceed?

  • If you interested in a consultation or surgery, call or send us a message

  • Select a hospital for consultation: Wessex Nuffield, Guildford Nuffield, Southampton Spire or Southampton General Hospital

  • At your consultation your symptoms and needs will be ascertained, you will have a detailed eye examination and scans, and a surgical plan made to match your eyes and needs

  • Select a hospital for surgery, if required: Wessex Nuffield or Southampton General

  • Select a hospital for your follow-up consultation: Wessex Nuffield, Guildford Nuffield, Southampton Spire or Southampton General Hospital

Book an appointment or a free screening review for Laser Vision Correction.

 

Call 02381 812281

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Aris Konstantopoulos MB ChB, MSc, FRCOphth, PhD

Consultant Eye Surgeon

Cataract, cornea and refractive surgery

Consultation clinics:

  • Nuffield Health Wessex Hospital, Eastleigh, SO53 2DW

  • Nuffield Health Guildford Hospital, Guildford, GU2 7RF

  • Southampton Spire Hospital, Southampton, SO16 6UY

  • University Hospital Southampton NHS FT, SO16 6YD

CONTACT DETAILS

Mr Aris Konstantopoulos

Laser Vision Eye Centre

Nuffield Health Wessex Hospital

Eastleigh, SO53 2DW

T: 02381 812281

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