Pterygium & Pingueculum Specialists Orange County – Clarity Eye Group
Serving Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, Fountain Valley, Westminster, Seal Beach
Clarity Eye Group’s experienced eye care professionals are regarded as some of the most accomplished Orange County pterygium and pingueculum experts. They use only the latest, best technologies and techniques available to effectively treat these conditions affecting the white of the eye. Their reputation for excellence attracts numerous pterygium and pingueculum Orange County patients every year, including individuals from Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, Fountain Valley and Westminster.
Pterygium: What Is It?
A pterygium is a fleshy growth that extends from the membrane that covers the white of the eye onto the cornea, the clear front window of the eye. A pterygium, which commonly occurs on the inner corner of the eye, may be small or large enough to interfere with vision. While the causes of a pterygium are not well understood, the growth occurs more often in people who spend a lot of time in ultraviolet light outdoors, particularly in sunny climates. For example, fishermen and surfers who spend a lot of time on or near water exposed to the sun’s rays are more likely to develop a pterygium.
Pingueculum: What Is It?
A pingueculum is a yellowish patch or bump on the white of the eye, most often on the side closest to the nose. It is an alteration of normal tissue, not a tumor, resulting in a deposit of protein and fat. Unlike a pterygium, a pingueculum does not grow onto the cornea. A pingueculum may also be the result of chronic eye irritation or sunlight.
Pterygium Treatment in Orange County
Individuals with pterygium may use artificial tears to help lubricate their eyes and control any discomfort they may feel. The skilled Orange County pterygium specialists at our practice may recommend no-stitch pterygium surgery when vision becomes compromised because of the growth. To remove a pterygium, the surgeons prepare the area of the eye with numbing drops. The eyelids are held open and the growth is peeled away. A small graft of conjunctiva tissue is put in its place to help facilitate healing.
Instead of using stitches to hold the tissue in place, our surgeons use an adhesive called Tiseel glue. Tiseel glue is comprised of clotting proteins that are naturally in the body, which allows surgeons to secure a tissue graft in seconds rather than minutes. Tiseel glue also dissolves in a week with no residue so the eye can heal comfortably. Most of our pterygium Orange County patients are able to recover without major complications and are able to see clearly soon after the surgery with the use of Tiseel glue technology. To learn more about no-stitch, Tiseel glue pterygium surgery in Orange County, contact Clarity Eye Group today.