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Can Someone with A Pterygium in their Eye Have A LASIK Procedure Done?

If you clicked on this blog post wondering, “What’s a pterygium?” then it means you probably have never had a pterygium at all. Not to leave track right at the start, but it’s impressive to me is that you would decide to read this post without knowing what a pterygium was. Intellectual curiosity like this is a gift and also needs to be rewarded. I hope you’ll find the info in the write-up meets your expectations. And otherwise, I hope you find cash on the ground or something else good happens to you, in return, if that’s at all possible!

For every other person who has been told they have a pterygium: I have satisfying information! The answer to the inquiry about whether or not you can have LASIK with a pterygium is usually yes of course. There are times when the answer would certainly be different (in these cases the answer would be “no”), yet those times are relatively rare. They include the following:

– if the pterygium is expanding really far into your central cornea to obstruct your vision,

– or if the pterygium is creating a modification in your prescription for glasses.

What’s a Pterygium?
Now that you’ve had some good news, my friends with pterygiums, let’s discuss what a pterygium is. You might think, “But I already recognize what it is and what it means for my eyes.” That does sound reasonable. Yet, it isn’t just you and me reading this. Those intellectually curious individuals from the first paragraph – who are pillars of society, in my point of view – are reading also. It appears fair to go over pterygiums (technically, the plural is “pterygia”) considering that they’ve read this far. Plus, two paragraphs are way too brief for a short article. I’ve seen tweets longer than that.

When you check out the white of your eye, you’re really checking out the clear conjunctiva that covers it and seeing the white sclera underneath. The conjunctiva is usually relatively boring, as compared to other parts of the eye (which is good). Conjunctiva only gets headliner status or limelight, if it experiences infection or inflammation, which is called conjunctivitis or pink eye (a really cute name). In some cases, nevertheless, the conjunctiva just starts growing in ways it should not. If it grows onto the clear cornea as an outgrowth, then that is called a pterygium.

Surfer’s Eye
We do not understand precisely why it takes place, however happens more commonly if you have actually had a ton of UV exposure. One of the colloquial terms for it is really “surfer’s eye.” Isn’t that great? It is easily the coolest label on record for an eye pathology. I wish to believe that at one point an eye doctor decided to coin that phrase for a pterygium when talking to a really fascinating, amazing and cool patient. “You have actually got a pterygium. However, you know what, Brody? You’re just so cool that the term pterygium does not actually fit you. I claim we start calling it ‘Surfer’s Eye'” And afterwards Brody stated, “Totes.”

Either way, for many people a pterygium is an annoyance that causes relatively few symptoms. It can get swollen occasionally because it is a slightly raised bump externally of the eye. Like a sandbar, if the water levels are low, the pterygium will develop into a little, dry island. For patients that are candidates for LASIK, yet have a pterygium, that’s a useful piece of information to know. The therapy for dryness (which every person needs for a couple months after LASIK) might be a lot more involved. That said, I’ve done LASIK on a lot of people with pterygia, and it’s never been an issue.

To my good friends with Surfer’s Eye, and also my intellectually curious good friends that just wished to find out about pterygia, I hope you found what you were looking for. Sure, there are a lot of more interesting eye troubles – but none with a cooler name.

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