A pterygium is a small fleshy growth of tissue on the front surface of the eye. It is usually raised and red. It can increase in size over time, and spread across onto the cornea. It occurs in response to sunlight exposure, usually acquired during childhood and early adulthood.
Because pterygia are raised, they can cause ocular irritation and symptoms of dryness or foreign body sensation.
They can result in blurry vision by destabilizing the tear film, or through induced astigmatism (by deforming the front of the eye).
They can also become very red and unsightly and cause sufferers distress through their appearance.
Regularly application of ocular lubricants are normally the first line of defence. This will help alleviate the irritation. Unfortunately your pterygium will not regress with eye-drops alone.
Surgical removal is recommended once the pterygium gets close to the pupil margin.
Pterygium removal is conducted under assisted local anaesthetic. The operation usually takes 45-60 minutes and you will feel no pain or discomfort during the procedure.
After your operation, your eye will feel very sore for 3-4 days. It will be watery, feel like gritty sand is inside your lids, and your eye will be very sensitive to light.
We recommend you take one week off from work/normal duties if possible.
Your eye will be red for 6-8 weeks after surgery.