Pterygium surgery

What you need to know

Pterygium is a lesion of the eye that appears as a white membrane that develops at the conjunctiva, a protective tissue that covers the white of the eye. It is usually formed in the inner corner of the organ. It sometimes develops on each of the two eyes, or even two pterygions are present in the same eye.
Pterygium concerns people who are exposed to the sun for long periods of time. It occurs most often in the hot countries of the world.
Presence of a foreign body in the ey
a decrease in visio
eye irritatio
Pterygium is a benign tumor that can evolve into a cancerous form, it is a lesion not to be neglected.


Duration of hospital stay
24 hours.
The patient will usually be able to leave after the procedure.
Average length of stay
2 to 3 days.
The patient can go home after the procedure.

Pterygium surgery
Pterygium surgery

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Before the treatment

The ophthalmologist will perform a complete examination of the patient before the procedure.
Both eyes are examined before the procedure.
There is no treatment available to cure pterygium. The only way to eliminate the lesion is to have surgery.

What does it involve?

Different types of anesthesia: local, by injection of anesthetic products or instillation of drops, or general.
The operation consists of the total excision of the lesion.
The reconstruction of the conjunctival surface can be ensured depending on the extent of pterygium and the tissue available by a rotation of the neighbouring conjunctiva or by a conjunctival graft taken from the same eye or from the other eye.
Tissue reapplication can be done by suturing or using biological glue.
If the pterygium is very extensive to the cornea resulting in irreducible loss of transparency and irregularity, a corneal transplant may be necessary.
**The procedure lasts on average 30 to 45 minutes. **

Pterygium surgery
Pterygium surgery

After the treatment

After the operation, the eye is not very painful but it may show, for some time, a certain redness with tearing.
Care is limited to the instillation of antibiotic and anti-inflammatory drops and the application of an ointment.
Eye protection may be recommended to avoid light.

About Pterygium surgery

• Infection.
• Atrophy.
• Ocular perforation.
• Necrosis of grafted tissues
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MEDICAIM organizes your entire stay for you: post-operative nursing care, biological follow-up, therapeutic, nutritional and psychological support.
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