• Pinguecula and Pterygium (Surfer's Eye) Treatment

    Written by: Kierstan Boyd
    Reviewed by: Elizabeth Yeu MD
    Mar. 01, 2017

    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.

    Pinguecula treatment

    Drops to lubricate your eyes can help relieve dry eye irritation from pinguecula. They also help relieve that annoying feeling as if you have something in your eye. If pinguecula causes redness and swelling in your eye, your doctor may prescribe steroid eye drops.

    When a pinguecula affects your vision or its appearance bothers you, you may need surgery.

    Pterygium treatment

    Your ophthalmologist can treat the discomfort, redness or swelling from a pterygium with lubricating or steroid eye drops.

    If a pterygium grows large enough to cause problems, your ophthalmologist will probably recommend surgery to remove it. Once the pterygium is removed, your surgeon may transplant a thin piece of normal tissue onto the affected area. This technique helps reduce the chance that your pterygium will grow back.

    The best way to keep pinguecula and pterygium from coming back is to avoid dryness, sunlight and dust.