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These are wedge-shaped growths of thickened tissue that cross the junction of the white part and coloured part of the eye. Typically, a pterygium starts growing near the inside corner of the eye. It is not a cancer and will not develop into cancer. It does not usually require treatment unless it is interfering with vision, is noticeably growing or causes inflammation, or interferes with contact lens wear - in which case it should be removed.
Removal is simple, safe and quick, the healing is a little uncomfortable for a few days and red for a few weeks but this is a common procedure and we have fine-tuned the recovery to be minimally impactful however it is an operation which is expected to be sore for a few days afterwards.
Detailed measurements of the eyes are taken for safety and accuracy, and the team will discuss your options.
Usually, at the same visit, you will meet your surgeon who will thoroughly examine your eye and discuss your treatment options. Our surgeons are experienced with stitch-less modern surgical techniques and utilise tissue glue.
You will be at Re:Vision for around 2 hours. The procedure is done with local anaesthesia with eyedrops and oral sedation if you want it. Either with or without some sedation you will need someone to drive you home. Your surgeon will use micro-instruments to peel away the pterygium and place an autograft (tissue from an area of normal conjunctiva) to fill the gap where the pterygium was as a barrier to try and reduce the chance of it growing back. The graft is secured with glue so no sutures are needed. This helps to minimise discomfort and improves healing and cosmetic outcomes. After your procedure which typically takes 20-30 minutes you will be kept comfortable and can choose from a series of snacks. Your eye will be numb for about 2-4 hours, and there will be an eye pad for 1-2 days.
The recovery following pterygium surgery typically takes a few days. Your eye will be sore for about 3-5 days after the procedure. The eye will also appear bruised for around one week. The vision is typically not affected by the procedure. You can return to normal activities or work after 1-2 days but the eye will continue to heal for a period of 4-6 weeks and it is not unusual for it to be red (healing) during that time. There will be some antibiotic eyedrops and some antiinflammatory eyedrops to use regularly in the healing phase once the pad comes off.
Your first check is usually 2-6 weeks after surgery depending on the size of the growth. During the checkup, the team will check the healing process and ensure that the graft is well positioned.
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Our surgeons are experienced in performing the latest pterygium removal techniques including autograft with tissue glue or amniotic membrane transplant to minimise the risk of recurrence to <1%.
Pterygium surgery with tissue glue allows for fast recovery and a return to normal activities within 1-2 days.
Pterygium surgery has evolved significantly over the past few years with the surgery typically completed without the need for stitches which minimises discomfort and optimises the cosmetic appearance after surgery.
Combines Placido disk topography with Scheimpflug tomography of the front of the eye to allow the surgeon to perform the safest version of laser vision correction customised to your eyes. The device provides highly accurate measurements of corneal thickness, curvature, power as well as pupil size measurements and is commonly used for refractive surgery planning and follow-up.
Re:Vision Laser & Cataract was specifically designed and created by our surgeons to provide maximum safety for patients in need of eye surgery. We are fully accredited by the Designated Auditing Agency (DAA) with an excellent scoring.
The integral Callisto system in this microscope provides intelligent real time image guidance for incision and toric lens alignment for better management of astigmatism during surgery.
Artiss is a natural tissue glue with a fibrin sealant made which allows the surgeon to place the conjunctival autograft without the need to use stitches.
Dehydrated amniotic membrane has been successfully employed in the surgical treatment of the many ocular surface diseases with over 1,000,000 cases over the past two decades