Pterygium in Nashville, TN
If you notice a growth or abnormality on the surface of your eye, you may have a condition known as “pterygium.” Jeffrey D. Horn, MD, of Vision for Life offers pterygium treatment for the residents of Nashville, Columbia, Mt. Juliet and the surrounding communities of Tennessee.
What is Pterygium?
Benign growths may develop in the clear membrane that covers the white part of your eye. The growths are known as “pterygium.” The growth pattern begins in the lower corner of the eye and appears raised from the surface of the eye. Pterygium is accompanied by a pattern of small red blood vessels that look like spider veins. In some cases, the growth causes irritation, itching, pain and burning in the eye.
Benefits of Pterygium Treatment
Most cases of pterygium do not require treatment since the growth is benign. You may need treatment if the growth interferes with your vision.
How is Pterygium Diagnosed?
Pterygium is detected during your annual eye examination. Dr. Horn uses a slit lamp to look at the surface of your eye for certain disorders, such as pterygium.
Who is at Risk for Developing Pterygium?
Anyone can develop pterygium, but certain factors place you at higher risk.
- Working or spending a lot of time outdoors
- Being between 20 and 40 years old and living in a sunny climate
- Men develop the condition more often than women
If your pterygium requires treatment, the growth is removed with a surgical procedure that is minimally invasive to the eye. After the surgery, you should protect your eyes with sunglasses when you are outdoors to prevent a recurrence of the condition.
How Much Does Pterygium Treatment Cost in Nashville?
The cost of your pterygium treatment may be covered by your vision and medical insurance. We accept cash, check and major credit cards, including Visa®, MasterCard®, and American Express®, for your out-of-pocket costs, such as a co-payment, deductible and co-insurance, and any other remaining balance. Financing is available through Alphaeon™ Credit and CareCredit®.
If you notice a small growth on the white part of your eye, you may have pterygium. At Vision for Life, our ophthalmologist, Jeffrey D. Horn, MD, offers pterygium treatment for the residents of Nashville, Murfreesboro and the surrounding communities of Tennessee. For more information or to schedule a consultation, please contact us today!