Ocular Lesions (Pinguecula, Pterygium/Pterygium Excision) in Napa, CA

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What Are Ocular Lesions?

Pinguecula are raised, yellowish areas that form on the white part of the eye. Prolonged UV exposure is linked to the development of these conditions. Pterygium is a growth on the white part of the eye that invades the cornea. Common symptoms of pterygium include redness or swelling. Advanced signs of this condition include blurred vision. No matter what ocular lesion you are suffering from, our team at Eye Specialists of Napa Valley is here to help create a custom treatment plan. If you think you may have an ocular lesion, give our Napa, CA office a call and we will schedule an appointment with one of our board-certified ophthalmologists.

What Are the Common Symptoms of Ocular Lesions?

The symptoms of an ocular lesion will vary depending on the type of lesion. A few of the most common signs an ocular lesion is present include:

  • The feeling of something being trapped in the eye
  • Pain and swelling of the eye
  • Redness in the infection site
  • A film covering the eye (in advanced cases)
  • Vision changes

The signs and symptoms of ocular lesions can appear suddenly or they can develop over a period of time.

How Are Ocular Lesions Diagnosed?

Ocular lesions are often diagnosed through a comprehensive eye exam performed by our experienced ophthalmologists at Eye Specialists of Napa Valley. Depending on the type and severity of the lesion, treatment can range from lubricating eye drops, anti-inflammatory drops, or surgical intervention. Early detection is crucial, and our team is dedicated to creating custom treatment plans to ensure optimal eye health. If you suspect you may have an ocular lesion, contact our Napa, CA clinic for an appointment.

What Can I Expect from Ocular Lesion Treatment?

If you notice an abnormal growth in your eye, you may have an ocular lesion. It is best to treat these lesions as soon as possible, and our team at Eye Specialists of Napa Valley is here to help. Upon arrival for your appointment, we will perform a comprehensive eye exam to determine what type of lesion you may have. From there, we will create a treatment plan.

Pinguecula: Depending on the severity of your pinguecula, we may prescribe a lubricating eye drop to help relieve dryness in your eye. If you have a more severe form, we may suggest a steroid or anti-inflammatory eye drop to reduce swelling. In some cases, we may need to surgically remove the lesion.

Pterygium: As with pinguecula, we can typically address this condition with lubricating, steroid, and/or anti-inflammatory eye drops. While it is often not necessary, surgery may be performed to remove this lesion as well. Once one of our board-certified doctors has developed a treatment plan, they will give you specific care instructions and may schedule follow-up visits at our Napa, CA office to check in on your lesion and ensure you are healing properly.

Ocular Lesions FAQ

What do lesions on the eye look like?
A lesion will usually look white and be an irregular shape but may not be noticed unless it appears white against an iris. You may also experience redness around the area.

How is an ocular lesion treated?
Lesions of the eye may be treated with steroids or lubricating eye drops. In some cases, surgery may be necessary. For additional information on the different treatments available, contact our team.

Will an ocular lesion go away on its own?
Though it may take time for symptoms of an ocular lesion to develop, it is unlikely that a lesion will resolve on its own. It is imperative to be assessed by an experienced provider to determine if treatment is needed to maintain optimal eye health.

Detecting and Treating Ocular Lesions

Ocular lesions, such as pinguecula and pterygium, can be treated at Eye Specialists of Napa Valley. It is important, however, to get your eye(s) checked out as soon as possible so our ophthalmologists can address the issue early on. For more information on ocular lesions or to schedule an exam, call our Napa, CA office today.

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