Pterygium & Pinguecula Treatment2021-12-02T13:22:45+00:00

Restore bright and healthy eyes with pterygium & pinguecula treatment in Auckland or Hawke’s Bay

This safe and effective treatment can soothe irritation and remove these potentially sight-threatening growths

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Restore bright and healthy eyes with pterygium & pinguecula treatment in Auckland or Hawke’s Bay

This safe and effective treatment can soothe irritation and remove these potentially sight-threatening growths

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Your suitability for pterygium and pinguecula treatment will depend on your condition’s severity. We will establish at your initial appointment.

Eye drops

You can treat the irritation and redness caused by a pterygium or pinguecula with simple eye drops, such as Systane Plus or Blink lubricants.

If you suffer from inflammation, a course of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drops (e.g. Acular, Voltaren Ophtha) may help.

Steroid eye drops can also be used in some cases, but only under the close supervision of your ophthalmologist, as they may have side effects.

Surgery

In more serious cases, we recommend surgery to remove your pterygium.

The surgery takes just 30 to 40 minutes and is performed under local anaesthetic.

Your surgeon will carefully remove the pterygium from your eye, and cover the area with a small graft of your own healthy conjunctiva. You won’t feel any pain or discomfort during surgery, though your eye will feel scratchy for a few days afterwards, and will be red for a couple of weeks. You’ll need to use eye drops for about a month, and any stitches used will dissolve naturally. Natural tissue glue is often used now instead of stitches to aid healing and comfort. You can discuss this with your surgeon.

A pinguecula will not grow across your cornea in the same way that a pterygium can. Therefore, we seldom use surgery to remove a pinguecula. However, suppose the pinguecula becomes a pterygium, or grows very large and does not respond to eye drops. In that case, a simple surgical procedure can be used to remove it.

Advantages
  • Improved appearance of the eye.
  • Better lubrication of the ocular surface if the pterygium or pinguecula stops tears from spreading across the cornea adequately.
Disadvantages
  • Possibility of pterygium growing back.
Risks include:
  • Recurrence of pterygium
  • Corneal scarring where the pterygium was removed
  • Infection or inflammation during healing
Treatment options
  • Eye drops
  • Surgery
Preventing a pterygium or pinguecula

As with most conditions, prevention is better than cure. You can help prevent pterygium and pinguecula from developing by wearing sunglasses and a hat outdoors. People who spend a lot of time on water or snow should be especially careful to protect their eyes from ultraviolet (UV) light. Protecting your eyes against UV light can also limit the progression of growths after being diagnosed.

We perform pterygium surgery in our theatre.

Your surgeon will carefully remove the pterygium from your eye and cover the area with a small graft of your own healthy conjunctiva.

The surgery results are fantastic. Our experienced oculoplastic surgeon will remove the pterygium or pinguecula. This will relieve you of any discomfort and give you a cosmetically pleasing result.

Gain relief from a worrying eye condition

We understand that any issue with your eyes can be a weight on your shoulders. Book an appointment today, and we’ll help you get to the bottom of your issue and put your mind at ease.

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Gain relief from a worrying eye condition

We understand that any issue with your eyes can be a weight on your shoulders. Book an appointment today, and we’ll help you get to the bottom of your issue and put your mind at ease.

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At your consultation, we’ll diagnose your issues, answer your questions and give you a clear recommendation based on your needs. You’ll confidently leave with a clear understanding of your treatment options.

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After treatment, people often tell us how pleased they were that they took action when they did. They’re often so glad that they reached out so that we could address their concerns and help them resolve their troublesome eye condition.

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Dr Peter Ring

Dr Ring is an expert in cornea, cataract and refractive surgery.
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Dr Subbiah is a cataract, corneal and laser surgery specialist.
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Dr Adam Watson

Dr Watson specialises in treating many aspects of the eye, including the face, eyelids, tear drainage system and the cornea.
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Prof Helen Danesh-Meyer

Professor Danesh-Meyer is an international authority on glaucoma and neuro-ophthalmology and one of the most highly regarded experts in her field.
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Prof Charles McGhee

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Dr William Cunningham

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Dr Simon Dean

Dr Dean is a consultant ophthalmologist. His areas of expertise include cataract surgery, corneal surgery and pterygium surgery.
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Dr Peter Hadden

Dr Hadden specialises in vitreoretinal and cataract surgery, including the treatment of intraocular tumours.
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Dr Liz Insull

Dr Elizabeth Insull is a New Zealand and UK trained Oculoplastic and Ophthalmic surgeon.
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Dr Kaliopy Matheos

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Dr John Beaumont

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Dr Jay Meyer

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Dr Graham Reeves

Dr Reeves has advanced training in the diagnosis and management of glaucoma. He offers a variety of laser and surgical treatments, including minimally invasive glaucoma surgery.
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Additional resources on Pterygium & Pinguecula treatment

Learn more about treating Pterygium & Pinguecula from authoritative sources.

Pterygium surgery is a procedure performed to remove noncancerous conjunctiva growths (pterygia) from the eye.

The conjunctiva is the clear tissue covering the white part of the eye and the inside of the eyelids. Some cases of a pterygium produce little to no symptoms. Severe overgrowth of conjunctiva tissue can cover the cornea and interfere with your vision.

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In many cases pinguecula and pterygium do not need to be treated. However, if your eyes are uncomfortable or your vision is affected, you may need treatment.

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