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Pterygium Surgery Specialist

Center for Sight of New York

Comprehensive Ophthalmology Specialists located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

Pterygia are benign (noncancerous) growths that can come up in the conjunctiva, which is the coating on your eye and the insides of your eyelids. The highly experienced team at the Center for Sight of New York, which includes an optometrist and ophthalmologist, specializes in diagnosing and performing delicate procedures like pterygium surgery to remove these growths and restore your sight at their practice in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn in New York City. Call Center for Sight of New York today to learn more or request an appointment online.

Pterygium Surgery Q&A

What is pterygium surgery?

The Center for Sight of New York carries out pterygium surgery to remove pterygia, which are growths on the conjunctiva.

The conjunctiva is a layer of clear tissue on the inside of your eyelids and the white of your eyes. Pterygia might be present without causing symptoms, but if they grow large enough, they can cover the cornea and affect your sight.

What happens during pterygium surgery?

Pterygium surgery is minimally invasive and typically takes between 30 and 45 minutes. You might need to prepare by reducing your food intake or fasting before your pterygium surgery.

You should also leave contact lenses out for a minimum of 24 hours before your operation. The procedure takes place while you’re under sedation, and your provider makes sure your eyes are numb so you can’t feel anything. 

After cleaning the surgical site, your provider cuts out the pterygium and some of the surrounding conjunctiva, then replaces it with grafts of membranous tissue to help stop new pterygia from developing.

To seal the conjunctiva and hold the graft in place, your provider might use dissolvable sutures or fibrin glue.

What happens after pterygium surgery?

Once your pterygium surgery is complete, your provider at Center for Sight of New York fits a pad or eye patch to keep your eye clean and comfortable.

You need to avoid rubbing your eye and follow the instructions on keeping it clean, taking any medication such as antibiotics, and visiting Center for Sight of New York for follow-up appointments.

Healing time after pterygium surgery could be a few weeks or might be as long as two months, depending on the technique used to perform your surgery and how quickly your body heals itself.

At first, you’re likely to experience a little discomfort, and your eye might look quite red. Your vision may be slightly blurry, too, for a while. You should call Center for Sight of New York if you experience:

  • Vision difficulties
  • Complete sight loss
  • Pterygium regrowth

If your pterygia are mild and not causing too many problems, you might be able to use prescription medications or ointment and avoid surgery. However, in cases where the pterygia are starting to cause vision difficulties or affect your quality of life, pterygium surgery could provide an effective solution.

Find out more about pterygium surgery by calling the Center for Sight of New York or requesting a consultation using the online tool.