How Is Pterygium Surgery Done?

Pterygium surgery involves the removal of tissue from the most sensitive part of the body. Without pain relief pterygium surgery can be very painful. Dr McKellar has prescribed three different pain medications. You should use all three for the first few days.

How long does it take to recover from pterygium surgery?

Full recovery can take several weeks to about a month. Patients are also instructed to use antibiotic and steroid drops for the first 1-2 months to prevent infection, reduce inflammation, and reduce the risk of occurrence.

What is pterygium excision with graft?

Pterygium excision combined with a tissue graft has a lower risk of recurrence. In conjunctival autograft surgery, conjunctival tissue from another part of the person’s eye along with limbal tissue is resected in one piece and used to cover the area from which the pterygium was excised.

Can pterygium be removed by a laser?

These growths are not usually painful, but they cause irritation and may eventually obstruct your vision. Patients with pterygium can have them removed during a procedure performed at IQ Laser Vision .

Are you awake during pterygium surgery?

A light intravenous sedation may also be given. Patients are awake during surgery. Patients do not hear or feel anything and are comfortable during surgery. Pterygium surgery is commonly done on an outpatient basis.

Can you go blind from pterygium surgery?

How serious is it? A pterygium can lead to severe scarring on your cornea, but this is rare. Scarring on the cornea needs to be treated because it can cause vision loss. For minor cases, treatment usually involves eye drops or ointment to treat inflammation.

How soon can I drive after pterygium surgery?

You CANNOT DRIVE HOME after the surgery, so ensure that you have a carer and transport arranged for the next 24 hours. Although the procedure itself takes about 30 minutes, you should expect to be at the Day Unit for approximately 6 hours.

Can you go blind from pterygium?

How serious is it? A pterygium can lead to severe scarring on your cornea, but this is rare. Scarring on the cornea needs to be treated because it can cause vision loss. For minor cases, treatment usually involves eye drops or ointment to treat inflammation.

How long does eye stay red after Pterygium surgery?

Usually the redness will be gone within 4 weeks, although sometimes some blood or bruising on the white of the eye may persist for 6-8 weeks.

Is Pterygium surgery covered by medical insurance?

Pterygium surgery is often covered by medical insurance but may be considered as a self-pay procedure for cosmetic reasons when the growth is smaller.

How do you get rid of Pterygium without surgery?

Treating a pterygium can be done without surgical removal. Smaller growths are usually treated with artificial tears to lubricate the eyes or mild steroid eye drops that counteract redness and swelling.

What is the best eye drops for pterygium?

You can treat the irritation and redness caused by a pterygium or pinguecula with simple eye drops, such as Systane Plus or Blink lubricants. If you suffer from inflammation, a course of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drops (e.g. Acular, Voltaren Ophtha) may help.

Can you shower after pterygium surgery?

You can take showers as normal, but avoid getting shampoo, soap, or water in your eye. You can resume cardiovascular activity two weeks after surgery. You can watch T.V. and read immediately after surgery.

Does pterygium grow back?

Unfortunately, a pterygium will often grow back after surgery to remove it. (This may be more likely if you are under age 40.) Sometimes the growth that comes back causes worse symptoms than the original one.

How much does pterygium surgery cost?

The cash pay price of the pterygium surgery is $1800/eye. That price includes preoperative testing, surgical suite, surgeon fee, and three months of post-operative visit.

What does pterygium look like?

A pterygium can usually be seen as a fleshy, pink growth on the white of the eye, and may occur in one eye or both. They occur between the eyelids, most often in the corner of the eye, close to the nose, and extend onto the cornea. Many people with a pterygium feel as if there is something in their eye.

What is the difference between a Pinguecula and pterygium?

Pinguecula (left) is accumulation of conjunctival tissue at the nasal or temporal junction of the sclera and cornea. Pterygium (right) is conjunctival tissue that becomes vascularized, invades the cornea, and may decrease vision.

What aggravates a pterygium?

What Causes a Pterygium? As mentioned, overexposure to the sun’s UV rays is the main cause of pterygia. However, this eye condition has also been linked to dry eye disease, which can be caused by excessive dust and wind. Typically, pterygium affects people over the age of 30 and are rarely found in children.

Can a pterygium go away?

Often, a pterygium will gradually start to clear up by itself, without any treatment. If so, it may leave a tiny scar on the surface of your eye that’s generally not very noticeable. If it bothers your vision, you can have it removed by an ophthalmologist.

Is pterygium surgery necessary?

What is Pterygium Eye Surgery? Eye Surgery for pterygium is not necessary unless the pterygium is irritating despite the use of artificial tears, is causing astigmatism or visual loss, or is approaching the line of vision. In many instances, patients prefer to have the pterygium removed for cosmetic purposes.

How do you remove a pterygium?

Surgery is minimally invasive and takes roughly 20-30 minutes. The pterygium is first carefully peeled, then a tissue graft is harvested from beneath your upper eyelid and placed over the removal site to reduce the chance of recurrence. The graft is usually secured with tissue glue and rarely needs sutures.

Is pterygium surgery elective?

After all, getting a pterygium removed, for the most part, is an elective surgery.

Can you wear contacts with pterygium?

Pterygia can be a contraindication to contact lens wear. The more the leading edge of the pterygium has encroached onto the cornea, the more likely I am to advise the patient to not pursue contact lenses.


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