Pterigium Surgery

Pterigium is a benign thickening of the outer coating (conjunctiva) of the eye that grows onto the cornea. As a pterygium grows, it may become red and irritated. Ultimately, it may cause visual disturbances by disrupting the normally smooth surface of the cornea. In severe cases, a pterygium can block a patient's vision altogether.

Surgery is the only way to remove a pterygium. Surgery for removal of pterygia usually is performed in an outpatient setting under local or topical anesthesia with the patient returning home the same day. Pateint does not feel any pain. The pterygium is carefully dissected away. Postoperatively, the eye generally is patched overnight and healing typically takes many weeks. Patient has to apply prescribed topical eye-drops or ointments several times a day. In the early phase of healing, the eye may be slightly swollen and bloodshot in appearance. Eventually the surgical site improves in comfort and appearance.

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