A Pterygium is a fibrovascular growth of the eye that extends onto the cornea. When left untreated, it may become red and irritated, eventually causing visual disturbances and possibly reducing a patient’s vision.
Surgical treatment of the pterygium may be necessary if it extends toward the center of the cornea, causes significant discomfort, or changes the ability of the eye to see. Pterygium surgery usually follows a non-invasive course of medications or eye drops prescribed to improve the condition. If the prescribed medicines have not been successful, then surgical removal may be an option.
The surgical procedure is called ptergium excision with conjunctival autograft, and it is both safe and successful. Furthermore, our eye surgeons at Ocean Ophthalmology also have extensive experience in using Amniotic Membrane Transplants (AMT) with specialized fibrin based glue. This is another surgical option notable for more rapid post-operative recovery due to decreased tissue manipulation and fewer stitches.
Following pterygium surgery, the eye usually receives a patch for the next day, and topical antibiotics, anti-inflammatory drops, and ointments may be used to promote healing. Normal activities can be resumed the day following surgical treatment.
Pterygium surgery is just one of the many other procedures the experienced surgeons at Ocean Ophthalmology perform. Other commonly provided services include ocular surface reconstructions, conjunctivoplasty, pupilloplasty, chalazia excision, YAG laser capsulotomies, punctual plug placements, lacrimal system probing and irrigation, and IOL exchange and repositioning. If you are unsure whether we can provide the services you seek, please call and speak with one of our physicians.