Pterygium surgery performed at Freedom Eye Laser is considered the gold standard. It provides the best cosmetic result and we have never experienced a recurrence over thousands of cases.
The procedure takes 30 minutes under an anaesthetic block. The Pterygium is carefully dissected off the cornea and sclera (the white wall of the eye). A free graft of the thin conjunctival membrane from the surface of the white of the eye, hidden underneath the upper lid, is size matched and rotated into the space created on the scleral surface and sutured in with the smallest, dissolvable, sutures used in human surgery. The eye is patched overnight.
The use of the anaesthetic block eliminates a large proportion of the discomfort typically associated with pterygium surgery and recovery of vision is next day. By placing a patch graft, the risk of recurrence is almost eliminated and once the eye has settled, the cosmetic appearance is white and normal.