Pterygium Sx


Pterygium Sx

Pterygium surgery, also known as pterygium excision, is a surgical procedure used to remove a growth that develops on the conjunctiva of the eye, called a pterygium. A pterygium is a benign growth that often appears as a yellowish or pinkish triangular-shaped tissue over the white part of the eye. It may cause discomfort, redness, and irritation to the eye, as well as affect vision if it grows over the cornea.

During the surgery, the surgeon removes the pterygium tissue with a surgical instrument. After the tissue is removed, the surgeon may use a graft, usually taken from the patient's own conjunctiva or amniotic membrane, to cover the area where the pterygium was removed. The graft helps to prevent the pterygium from growing back and also promotes healing.

Pterygium surgery is usually performed as an outpatient procedure, meaning patients can go home the same day. After the surgery, patients are usually given eye drops to use for several weeks to prevent infection and reduce inflammation. They may also need to wear protective glasses for a few days, and avoid rubbing or touching their eyes.

Patients should follow their doctor's instructions carefully and attend any follow-up appointments to ensure proper healing.

Overall, pterygium surgery is a safe and effective way to remove a growth and improve eye health and vision.