What is Pterygium Surgery?
A pterygium, also called an "eye web" or "surfer's eye," is a noncancerous growth that can start on the conjunctiva or the thin layer of tissue that covers the white part of the eye. Often whitish or pinkish in color and shaped like a triangle, a pterygium can cause irritation and redness. While the growth is benign in nature, it can spread to the cornea or the front window of the eye and affect vision. A pterygium may be able to resolve on its own or with minimal treatment, such as specialized eye drops, but for patients who notice the pterygium has been impacting their eyesight or causing astigmatism, the growth can be surgically removed. To have your eyes assessed, schedule a consultation with a board-certified ophthalmologist at Clewner & Kelly Eye Center in Boca Raton, FL.
How is pterygium surgery performed?
Pterygium removal surgery is generally performed as an outpatient procedure and takes roughly 30 – 45 minutes. You will need to arrange for someone to take you home following your surgery. To begin, your ophthalmologist will prep your eyes by administering anesthetic eye drops. When you are ready, your ophthalmologist will remove the pterygium and any associated conjunctiva tissue. When the pterygium is removed, it is typically replaced with a tissue graft to prevent the pterygium's regrowth. Following surgery, our team will go over detailed aftercare instructions with you. It may take around a month for your eye to fully heal and your vision to return to normal. Your ophthalmologist will schedule several follow-up appointments with you to closely monitor your healing progress.
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Find Relief and See Clearly
If a pterygium is causing you discomfort and affecting your vision, it is important to have it assessed by a professional. Your friendly team at Clewner & Kelly Eye Center is experienced with treating this and many other conditions affecting the eyes. Contact our staff at our center in Boca Raton, FL to have your eyes examined by a board-certified ophthalmologist and a special treatment plan created for you.