A enlargement of pink tissue which is fleshly in texture and demonstrated on the eyes’ sclera is known as pterygium. This condition often is demonstrated in people who spend a great amount of time in the outdoors. Additionally, the lesion affects the inward part of the eye and is known as surfer’s eye.
The non-cancerous lesion will grow gradually through the life of the individual and may discontinue its growth after some lapse in time. In addition, if advancement in growth occurs it may cover that portion of the eye which could lead to vision problems. The major complaint of an individual experiencing this condition is a sensation of having a foreign substance in the eye.
What Are the Causes?
The reason for the presence of pterygium has not been fully determined. However, it appears that there are some factors that are risky and can create this condition within the eye. One of those conditions to making an individual susceptible to pterygium is ongoing exposure to sun’s ultraviolet rays. Therefore the correlation between this condition and those who are outdoors over a significant amount of time has been identified.
Another condition which may lead to pterygium is dry eye. This is due to the fact that the individual is experiencing poor lacrymation. Another factor that may lead to pterygium is prolonged exposure to dust which in turn causes sclera damage. Another interesting item of note is that this condition is more conducive to the male gender than the female gender.
Signs and Symptoms of Pterygium
The most significant symptom or sign of this condition is the demonstration of a pink lesion that is fleshly in texture. However, as the pterygium gains in size the resulting color becomes red and the surrounding tissue becomes inflamed. In extremely rare cases, the growth of the lesion can press on to the cornea which can result in a vision condition known as astigmatism.
Additional symptoms of this condition include a feeling of having something in the eye with an associated burning, grittiness or itching of the eye and vision that is blurred.
Treating Pterygium Naturally
First of all, it is important for the individual with this condition to consult with an ophthalmologist. In addition, there may be homeopathic treatments that may prove beneficial to the treatment of pterygium. As with all conditions, treatment should depend upon the severity of the associated symptoms and the growth of the lesion.
The first treatment method to prevent further damage is to make sure that the eye is protected constantly. This protection should include the use of quality sunglasses to filter out the ultra violet rays of the sun. It is also important to make sure that the eye remains lubricated by rinsing with tepid water. Also, it is important to keep the eyes from being exposed to the wind and dirt as much as possible.
Eye drops may be prescribed and may prove useful in treating the symptoms of this eye condition. These eye drops will not only help lubricate the eye, but will help in the production of one’s natural tears and drainage of those tears.
Some natural drugs may prove useful and specifically those medications that are defined as vasoconstrictors. These vasoconstrictors will help to minimize the expansion of pterygium. A sampling of those drugs would include Sepia, Pulsatialla and Arsenic Alb. It is important to take these medications as prescribed by a homeopathic medical professional.
Finally, the use of turmeric may be helpful. Simply mix a tablespoon of this substance in a container of water and rinse the affected eye two times a day. The action of turmeric as an anti-inflammatory substance will help to address the symptoms of burning, itching and redness.
If any of these methods proved to be ineffective, a course of action that maybe indicated is a surgical procedure. Through this removal surgery of 30 to 45 minutes, the individual can anticipate returning to work within just a matter of days.