What is a pterygium ?
A pterygium is a fleshy growth of abnormal conjunctiva onto the cornea.
What causes a pterygium ?
It is not completely known what causes a pterygium but most likely it is the combination of genetic predisposition and UV light exposure
Should I have my pterygium removed?
A pterygium should be removed if it is large and near the central cornea, if it is continually causing irritation or if it is cosmetically unacceptable.
What is involved in removing a pterygium?
A pterygium is surgically removed and an autoconjunctival graft is used to covered the area and reduce the risk of recurrence
Is the surgery risky ?
No, the surgery is quite safe
Can my pterygium come back ?
Recurrence rates are about 5%
Is surgery painful ?
The surgery itself is not painful but there is pain the following day which can be controlled with medication.
Do I need to take time of work ?
Only on the day of surgery and perhaps the day after.
Are there any restrictions after pterygium surgery?
Only to avoid rubbing the eye