Surgical Removal Options for Pteryglum

If a decision for surgical treatment of a pterygium is made, Dr. Singh will perform the latest techniques in pterygium removal. These techniques are designed to achieve a smoother post-operative recovery and to minimize the chance of recurrence.

The latest techniques in pterygium removal include the following:

  • A thorough and complete removal of the pterygium
  • Use of conjunctival autograft and/or Amniotic membrane graft
  • Use of fibrin glue instead of sutures f01 securing the graft
  • Aggressive control of any postoperative inflammation

Utilizing these techniques and with close post-operative follow up and care, the recurrence rate has been greatly reduced (about 1%), even in advanced and previously recurrent pterygium.


Eye Specialists of Texas are experts at diagnosing and treating pterygium

Advanced Pterygium Surgery

A non-cancerous growth of the conjunctiva known as a pterygium can occur in one or both eyes. A pterygium generally causes no pain, but some individuals may elect to have it removed.

Mild cases of a pterygium can be removed safely under a topical anesthetic. In other cases, the pterygium may actually grow onto the cornea and affect vision, necessitating surgical removal. Dr. Singh is highly skilled in evaluating and treating pterygium.

While most individuals with pterygium experience no symptoms and require no surgical treatment, some patients do suffer a pterygium that has become swollen or inflamed. A pterygium that has become advanced can distort the corneal surface, leading to astigmatism.

Dr. Singh determines treatment by the size of the pterygium and your symptoms via a very thorough eye examination. An eye lubricant or steroid drops to reduce redness and swelling; and, if necessary, surgery may be recommended.