Pterygium Surgery

Treating Surfer's Eye

Also known as surfer’s eye, pterygium is a growth on the cornea. Not typically a serious condition, it does have the potential to distort your vision—if it approaches the pupil center—by altering the surface of your cornea, leading to astigmatism.

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  • Pterygium (surfer’s eye) is a growth on the cornea (the clear front window of the eye). It usually forms on the side closest to your nose and grows toward the pupil area. These growths are believed to be caused by dry eye, exposure to wind and dust, and UV (ultra-violet) exposure.


Pterygium eye surgery is performed under topical anesthesia on an outpatient basis. Your surgeon removes the growth in a way that reduces the chance of it ever returning, then places a graft over the base of the removed tissue and fixes it in place with medical adhesive.

After surgery, you will take anti-inflammatory and antibiotic drops while your eye heals over the next several weeks. Your post-operative treatment plan will be outlined so you know what to expect including your post-operative visit and your at-home recovery.

Common Questions About Pterygium Surgery
  • Pterygium that causes mild inflammation can usually be treated with steroid drops, eye drops, or a prescribed ointment. But once the pterygium growth threatens or interferes with your vision, the pterygium must be surgically removed.

  • The technique used by NVISION surgeons significantly reduces the risk of recurrence. It can also be greatly diminished by protecting your eyes from the sun. Eye protection from dust and wind is also strongly recommended to avoid future irritation. However, there is always the possibility that the pterygium might recur.

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