Pterygium Surgery in Rhode Island
Pterygium is a common eye condition that usually affects people who spend a lot of time outdoors. It may appear as a growth of pink, fleshy tissue on the white part of the eye. It usually forms on the side closest to the nose.
Pterygium is non-cancerous, typically growing very slowly and can plateau without progression. However, sometimes it can continue to grow and lead to loss of vision by growing over the center of the eye. One or both eyes may be affected. Pterygium is typically not a serious condition but can cause significant ocular irritation including a burning sensation, a foreign-body feeling, and itching. The main causes of pterygia include prolonged exposure to ultraviolet light, dust, and wind. This condition is more pronounced among people who live near the equator, but also may develop in anyone who lives in a sunny climate. It also occurs predominately in young adults between the ages of 20 and 40. Pterygia usually do not require treatment unless symptoms are pronounced. Treatment includes artificial tears and, occasionally, topical steroids for periods of exacerbation.
When a pterygium becomes significant, surgery can be a very effective treatment option. Dr. Diamante has extensive experience in treating patients with primary pterygia as well as recurrent, difficult cases. He uses the most modern surgical techniques in treating this condition. Dr. Diamante uses amniotic membrane grafting with Mitomycin C to minimize pterygium recurrence and ensure a very appealing cosmetic result.
To learn how a world-class team can give you the best results in pterygium surgery, request an appointment or call the most trusted name in eyecare – Giulio Diamante, MD & Associates – at 401.521.3606.