A pterygium (ter-RIDGE-ee-um) is a wedge-shaped benign (non-cancerous) over-growth of the conjunctiva, which is the clear and thin tissue laying on the sclera (the white part of the eye). The term “pterygium” is derived from the Greek word “pterygion” which means “wing”. These growths can be caused and exacerbated by ultra-violet radiation, and thus are common in persons who experience frequent sun exposure.
Not all pterygium growths require intervention or surgery, but pterygium removal is warranted when the growth causes redness or discomfort, or has begun to change or obstruct the vision by growing significantly onto the cornea.
Historically, pterygium removal surgeries had high rates of growth recurrence because of the surgical techniques used and recurrence of inflammation after surgery.
However, Dr. Singh is an expert in pterygium removal and his cases show less than 1% recurrence rate. This success is thanks to his advanced and thorough surgical techniques, including 1) complete, thorough, and neat removal of the entirety of the inflamed and hypertrophic tissue; 2) when appropriate, the usage of Mitomycin C to treat the area, 3) the use of a conjunctival autograft with healthy conjunctival tissue to cover the removal area; 4) the use of fibrin glue instead of sutures; and 5) aggressive control of any post-operative inflammation, with careful monitoring and extended slow steroid taper. With these techniques, Dr. Singh sees success in even extensive and recurrent or previously removed pterygium growths.
All of our doctors can evaluate your candidacy for pterygium surgery. Contact our office to book your evaluation today.