Management of Pterygium

 

What is Pterygium?

The eye is covered by tissue (the thickness of cling wrap) called Conjunctiva. This Conjunctiva on exposure to the sun can thicken to form a wing shaped growth called Pterygium. Pterygia can grow onto the surface of the Cornea towards the pupil.

What are the symptoms of Pterygia?

  • Blurred vision
  • Redness and irritation

When is surgery required to treat Pterygia?

  • Blurred vision
  • Irritation and redness
  • Poor cosmesis
  • Encroaching towards the pupil
  • Inability to wear contact lenses

What is involved with Pterygium surgery?

Pterygium surgery is a day procedure under local anaesthetic in hospital.  The Pterygium is removed and a conjunctival graft from the same eye is placed over the area to prevent recurrence. The graft is glued on with tissue glue which reduces tissue irritability with quicker post-operative recovery.

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