Pterygium Surgery

Pterygium is the name given to the disease occurring when the conjunctiva grows towards the cornea and acquires the shape of a visible piece of tissue. This piece of tissue may cause a refractional defect in the eye or a permanent decrease in vision if it gets closer to the pupil. This tissue should be surgically removed for it not to impair vision. Today, by applying special medications during surgery and/or stitching a conjuctival tissue (graft) taken from a different area to the removal point, recurrence of the disease can be prevented most of the time. The disease may recur in young people particularly.

Figure 1. Preoperative (left) and postoperative day 1 slit lamp apperarance of a patient operated with the diagnosis of ptergym.