Disease of the conjunctiva

Diseases of the conjunctiva, such as conjunctivitis usually caused by a viral infection, are the most common eye conditions. More rarely, benign and malignant tumours can also occur in the conjunctiva. They are often detected early due to their superficial location.

What are the causes of conjunctivitis?

The cause of conjunctivitis is usually a viral or bacterial infection.

What are the causes of a tumour of the conjunctiva?

The cause of benign or malignant tumours of the conjunctiva is often unclear. One possible factor promoting their formation and growth could be UV rays.

Flügelfell bzw. Pterygium

Fig.: Pterygium, ingrown tissue on the conjunctiva

What are the symptoms of a tumour of the conjunctiva?

Depending on the type, location and size of the tumour, symptoms vary in terms of their early-stage presentation. Due to the superficial location, changes in the structure or colour of the conjunctiva are quickly evident.

How is a tumour of the conjunctiva diagnosed?

Conjunctivitis is usually treated with eye drops. <\p>

If benign tumours do not cause discomfort and do not pose any aesthetic problems for the patient, treatment is not absolutely necessary. Otherwise the tumour is surgically removed under local anaesthetic by the ophthalmologist. Malignant tumours must however always be treated or removed. The type of treatment depends on the kind of tumour and its size.<\p>

We operate on pterygium with state-of-the-art technology using ‘Pterygium excision and conjunctival autograft’ (PECA). Here, the conjunctival growth is completely removed and the defect is then covered with a graft of the same size from the same eye. This technique is especially gentle and stands out with an extremely low recurrence rate of less than 5%.<\p>

Do you have any signs of a disease of the conjunctiva?