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Pterygium Surgery Specialist

Chicago Glaucoma Consultants - CGC Eye Center

Board Certified Ophthalmologist & Surgeon located in Glenview, IL & Chicago, IL

If you experience pterygia (noncancerous growths) that negatively affect your vision, surgery can reduce unpleasant symptoms and give you a better quality of life. The board-certified ophthalmologists and surgeons at Chicago Glaucoma Consultants - CGC Eye Center, which has two convenient locations in Glenview and Chicago, Illinois, are highly skilled in pterygium surgery. Schedule an appointment by phone or online to find out if the procedure is right for you.

Pterygium Surgery Q & A

What is pterygium surgery?

Pterygium surgery is a minimally invasive procedure to remove noncancerous conjunctival growths (pterygia) from your eye. Conjunctiva is a membrane that covers the white part of your eye and the inside of your eyelids.

If severe conjunctival overgrowth covers the cornea, it can interfere with your vision. 

Is pterygium surgery right for me?

To find out if you’re a good candidate for pterygium surgery, your eye doctor at Chicago Glaucoma Consultants - CGC Eye Center reviews your eye health history and asks about your symptoms. They complete a comprehensive eye exam to evaluate your eyes, including a slit-lamp examination. 

If you have a mild pterygium that doesn’t affect your vision, you may not need surgery.

How should I prepare for the procedure?

Follow your provider’s instructions prior to pterygium surgery. Stop taking certain medications if your eye doctor recommends it, and arrange for someone to drive you home after the procedure. 

Fast or eat only a light meal prior to pterygium surgery, and avoid wearing contact lenses as directed by your provider.

What happens during pterygium surgery?

During pterygium surgery, you rest in a comfortable chair. Your doctor offers sedation to help relax you and numbs your eyes to optimize your comfort. 

They clean the treatment area, remove pterygia, and might replace it with a membrane graft to prevent future pterygia growths. Your eye surgeon can secure such a graft using fibrin glue or sutures as needed.

The procedure is quick and low-risk, generally taking about 30 to 45 minutes. 

What should I expect after pterygium surgery?

After pterygium surgery, your eye doctor applies an eye pad or patch to protect your eye and reduce the risk of infection. Avoid rubbing your eyes after the procedure, and follow all aftercare instructions. Keep your eyes clean, take antibiotics as directed by your doctor, and attend follow-up visits.

You may experience temporary redness, discomfort, or blurriness during your recovery. Completing your recovery after pterygium surgery might range from a few weeks to a few months.

Don’t live with vision problems associated with pterygia when pterygium surgery is safe and highly effective. Schedule a consultation with Chicago Glaucoma Consultants - CGC Eye Center by phone or online to find out if the procedure is right for you.