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Pterygium Surgery – What You Need to Know 

pterygium surgery

Are you considering pterygium surgery? If so, it’s important that you understand the procedure and what to expect. In this blog post, we will provide an overview of the operation and answer some of the most common questions about this procedure. 

What is Pterygium Surgery? 

Pterygium surgery is a common day procedure used to remove noncancerous growths on the eye called pterygia. Pterygia are fleshy, triangular-shaped growths that form on the white part of your eye (conjunctiva). These growths can cause redness, dryness, itching, burning sensations, and blurred vision if they extend onto your cornea. Pterygium surgery removes this growth before it effects the vision.

How is Pterygium Surgery Performed? 

The goal of the procedure is to completely remove the entire pterygium without damaging healthy tissue or leaving any scarring behind. During a typical operation, your surgeon will make incisions around the base of the growth to separate it from healthy tissue. They may also use special instruments to trim away excess tissue in order to achieve a smooth surface once the procedure is completed. 

A grafting technique is then performed in order to replace damaged tissue with healthy tissue from another area of your eye. This technique helps reduce recurrence and improve cosmetic results. 

After completing these steps, the graft of tissue is secured into place with a surgical glue (blood based product). Previously surgeons used sutures which caused significant discomfort. The use of glue has made the recovery phase much better in regards to comfort. 


Pterygium surgery is an effective way to remove noncancerous growths on the eye and prevent the growth obstructing the vision. It’s important that you understand all aspects of this procedure before making any decisions about undergoing treatment so be sure to speak with your doctor if you have any questions or concerns. With proper care and attentive follow-up care after your procedure, you can expect successful outcomes from pterygium surgery.

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