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Pterygium Treatment

Pterygium (Surfer Eye) Treatment Options

Discover effective Pterygium (Surfer Eye) treatment options at The Cataract and Laser Institute. Restore your eye’s health with our expert care. 

Welcome to The Cataract and Laser Institute, your trusted source for Pterygium “Surfer Eye” treatment. A pterygium is a non-cancerous growth of tissue on the conjunctiva, the clear, thin membrane covering the white part of the eye (sclera). It usually begins on the inner corner of the eye and can extend onto the cornea. Pterygia are typically wedge-shaped and may be pink, flesh-colored, or even somewhat red.


The exact cause of Pterygia is not fully understood, but they are associated with exposure to UV light from the sun, dry or dusty environments, and irritants like wind and smoke. People who spend a lot of time outdoors, especially in sunny or arid climates, are more prone to developing pterygia.

Treatment Types

Relieves dryness and discomfort associated with Pterygium.

This surgical procedure involves the careful removal of the abnormal tissue growth, known as the pterygium. The surgeon will delicately excise the pterygium from the surface of your eye, taking care to minimize any damage to the underlying healthy tissue. Our surgeons employ meticulous techniques to achieve the best cosmetic outcomes. They skillfully suture the area, using techniques that minimize scarring and promote optimal healing. By removing the pterygium, the procedure aims to alleviate symptoms, reduce inflammation, and prevent further growth.

Shields your eyes from UV radiation, wind, and dust to prevent Pterygium progression.

In some cases, our surgeons may opt for amniotic membrane transplantation. This procedure involves using a thin, transparent membrane obtained from the placenta of consenting donors after childbirth. The amniotic membrane possesses regenerative properties that aid in healing and reduce inflammation. It is placed over the excised pterygium area, facilitating faster recovery and minimizing scarring.

In this procedure, a small piece of healthy conjunctival tissue is carefully harvested from your own eye, typically from an area that is less visible. The harvested tissue is then placed onto the affected area to cover the excised pterygium site. Using your own tissue helps to reduce the risk of rejection or complications.

Benefits of Pterygium Surgery

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Removal of abnormal tissue

The primary goal of pterygium surgery is to remove the abnormal tissue growth on the eye's surface. This helps eliminate the pterygium, preventing it from further extending onto the cornea.

Improved vision

Pterygia can cause visual disturbances by affecting the shape of the cornea or inducing astigmatism. Surgery can help improve vision by addressing these distortions.

Reduced irritation and discomfort

Pterygia often cause symptoms such as redness, irritation, and a foreign body sensation. Surgery can alleviate these symptoms by removing the source of irritation.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, in the early stages, non-surgical treatments like lubricating eye drops and protective eyewear may help manage Pterygium effectively.

While Pterygium can recur, our surgical techniques, combined with appropriate post-operative care, significantly reduce the chances of regrowth.

The recovery time varies depending on the individual and the extent of the procedure. Generally, patients can expect a recovery period of a few weeks.

Our experienced surgeons use advanced techniques to minimize scarring. In most cases, scarring is minimal and well-concealed within the natural contours of the eye.

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 highest level. The entire team was extremely friendly and helpful throughout my visits and I will
 treasure this experience for years to come!

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