pterygium excision surgery

While our Milan Eye Center physicians specialize in ophthalmology procedures like cataract surgery and LASIK surgery, our eye specialists also offer a wide range of other eye services and surgical procedures that improve vision for patients in Atlanta such as pterygium excision surgery.

A pterygium is an abnormal, non-cancerous growth of the conjunctiva. The conjunctiva is the thin mucous membrane that covers the white part of the eye and lines the inside of the eyelids. A pterygium appears as an elevated triangular whitish thickening that is caused by excessive growth of the conjunctiva and extends on to the surface of the eye. If the pterygium grows large enough, it can interfere with vision and cause redness, irritation, and tearing.

While the exact cause is still unknown, a pterygium is thought to be caused by exposure to UV rays. It is often irritated in dry, low humidity conditions. Although Atlanta has a comparatively high level of humidity to many other parts of the country, pterygium growth is still found in people who have outdoor occupations and are exposed to sunlight, sand, and wind. Similarly, if you suffer from a dry eye condition, you might also be at risk of developing this thickening of the conjunctiva.

A pterygium excision surgery may become necessary if drops or ointments are unable to relieve your condition or if the pterygium grows large enough to blur your vision. When the pterygium is surgically removed, tissue is needed to fill in the area where it was removed. A graft of skin is painlessly taken from the underneath portion of the upper eyelid and is attached by using a transparent glue made from clotting proteins. Using a self-transplant also helps in preventing the re-occurrence of pterygium.

Most patients return to normal activities after 1 or 2 days following surgery.

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“Seeing Dr. Sajja was very easy and efficient. He was very thorough and professional. He was also very honest in what he felt needed to be done. He also had a very good bedside manner and was caring, nothing was painful at all. The surgery was a quick procedure and I was in excellent care. I was amazed that Dr. Sajja himself called me two days after surgery to check-up on me!”

“Dr. Milan Patel is an excellent, caring physician. From the initial exam through cataract surgery he was very patient with explaining the surgery and recovery process. I had both eyes replaced with new lenses and felt extremely comfortable through both procedures. I highly, highly recommend him!”

“I was scared of having my cataracts removed, but the doctor and all of the staff made me most comfortable. There was no pain & the recovery was short. I would recommend Dr. Desai to anyone who needs surgery. And the people who work there are just wonderful”
Deb Hallinyer