A pterygium is a growth of tissue from the white (conjunctiva) of the eye onto the clear dome (cornea) in the front of the eye. They can occur on either side of either eye.
Although the growths are harmless, they can cause decreased vision, pain, irritation, redness and scarring. In addition, they can be cosmetically unacceptable to many patients.
Pterygium surgery in the past consisted of simple excision. This led to high rates of recurrence (approximately 50%). We perform several grafting techniques which improve the chances of long term success of the procedure with only around 10-15% of patients have a recurrence. In addition recovery time and discomfort are less compared to simple excisions.
If you believe you require this type of surgery you should schedule an appointment at your earliest convenience to discuss your options for treatment or removal. In most cases this is considered medically justified and can be billed to your health insurance.