Pterygium Excision

Pterygium excision is the surgical procedure performed to remove the pterygium growth from the surface of the eye. The surgery aims to alleviate symptoms such as redness, irritation, and blurred vision caused by pterygium.

What is Pterygium?

Pterygium is a growth of tissue that develops on the thin membrane covering the white part of the eye and can cause irritation, redness, and discomfort. As it grows onto the cornea, it can change the cornea’s shape leading to progressive astigmatism and blurriness. Common causes of pterygium are prolonged exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light, wind, dust, and other environmental factors.

The Procedure

During pterygium excision, the surgeon carefully removes the pterygium tissue from the cornea and the wall of the eye, ensuring to preserve as much healthy tissue as possible.


Following pterygium excision, patients may experience mild discomfort, tearing, and sensitivity to light. It is essential to follow post-operative care instructions provided by your ophthalmologist, which may include using prescribed eye drops, not rubbing the eye, and avoiding activities that could irritate the eye. Most patients can resume normal activities within a week after surgery.

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South Broad Street

1930 S. Broad St.
Philadelphia, PA 19145

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Allegheny Ave

2610 E Allegheny Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19134

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Wills eye Hospital

840 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

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Wills Northeast Consultation Office

8025 Roosevelt Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19152

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