Pterygium Surgery

Pterygium, also known as ‘surfer's eye’, is an eye condition where a benign growth develops on the conjunctiva, the clear tissue covering the white part of your eye. The nickname ‘surfer’s eye’ comes from the idea that surfers are exposed to the elements that cause pterygium – the sun, wind and dusty environments. This growth can extend to the cornea, leading to discomfort and vision impairment. Pterygium surgery becomes necessary when the condition interferes with your vision, causes persistent discomfort, or cosmetic concerns. The purpose of a pterygium eye surgery is to remove the abnormal tissue from the sclera and cornea of the eye.
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What to Expect from Pterygium Eye Surgery?

Pterygium eye surgery aims to remove the abnormal tissue from the cornea and conjunctiva. In this procedure, the surgeon carefully excises the growth and then replaces the area with a graft, usually a thin piece of mucous membrane taken from another part of the eye. This technique helps with healing, reduces the chance of pterygium recurrence and ensures a smoother recovery for an excellent cosmetic result. After a pterygium eye surgery, the recovery time and vision improvement vary from patient to patient; some might notice immediate changes, while others might take a few weeks.

Depending on the case's complexity, a pterygium surgery typically takes about 30 minutes to an hour. It is performed under local anaesthesia to minimise the pain, and the post-surgery discomfort is usually mild and manageable. We recommend following your doctor’s instructions for an optimal recovery process.

Pterygium Surgery Recovery Time: A Key Consideration

The pterygium surgery recovery time varies depending on the individual and the specific technique used. Typically, patients can expect a recovery period of a few weeks. During this time, following your ophthalmologist's advice is essential, including using prescribed eye drops to reduce inflammation and prevent infection. Noticing mild discomfort and redness post-surgery is normal, but these symptoms usually diminish over time.


Ensuring Smooth Recovery Post-Pterygium Surgery

Adhering to the aftercare plan is essential for a smooth healing journey after your pterygium surgery.

Protect Your Eyes

After your pterygium surgery, shielding your eyes from environmental factors like UV light and dust is essential. To do this, wear sunglasses or a wide-brimmed hat outside to protect your eyes from UV light.

Following Your Doctor’s Advice

Like any other surgery, regular follow-up visits are a must. You’ll also want to keep your eyes moist and use eye drops as your surgeon prescribes. Eye drops are significant after your pterygium eye surgery to prevent dryness and seamless recovery.

Understanding Other Eye Conditions

While focusing on pterygium surgery, being aware of other eye conditions that might affect your ocular health is crucial. Understanding keratoconus treatment is vital, as keratoconus can impact the cornea's shape and clarity. Similarly, staying informed about treatment for macular degeneration is essential for overall eye health, especially considering its prevalence among older adults.

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Benefits of Opting for Pterygium Surgery

Undergoing pterygium surgery can lead to several benefits:

  • Improved Vision Clarity: The pterygium eye surgery helps restore clear vision, especially if the growth has crept onto the cornea.
  • Reduced Irritation & Discomfort: Patients often experience relief from the chronic irritation and redness caused by the pterygium.
  • Enhanced Appearance: For those self-conscious about the appearance of their eye, pterygium surgery can restore your eye’s natural look.

The Right Ophthalmologist for Your Pterygium Surgery

Selecting an experienced and skilled ophthalmologist is critical for a successful pterygium surgery. A professional with a track record of effective pterygium surgeries, such as Dr McLintock, can provide the reassurance and trust you need when approaching your treatment.


Dr McLintock also offers laser eye surgery in Brisbane, also called LASIK. This surgery differs from pterygium surgery as it targets refractive vision errors. If you’re looking to improve the quality of your sight and face issues such as myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism, this might be the answer for you. Book an appointment and restore your vision with a trusted expert today.

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