What will my eye look like after surgery?
If there is no recurrence, it is highly likely that within 6 months after the surgery, you will probably not be able to tell which eye has had surgery. If this surgery is on a pterygium that has already been removed, the cosmetic result may not be as good. However, you will still be left with visible normal blood vessels in the area that are vital to the health of the eye.
Can my pterygium blind me?
Is a pterygium some form of cancer?
Is a pterygium the same as a cataract?
Will removal of my pterygium improve my vision?
Other members of my family have pterygia. Is it hereditary?
Is unlikely that typical pterygia are inherited. However, family members frequently are exposed to similar amounts of sunlight and this may be the reason why other members have a pterygium.
How long does the surgery take?
What are the risks that the pterygium will return after surgery?
If I wear sunglasses after my pterygium removal, will this prevent the pterygium from coming back?
Is there a risk of infection?
There is always a very small risk of infection which is the reason that you will be placed on antibiotic eye drops for a week and asked to wear a sterile patch for showering or when entering a dirty environment for the first 2 weeks. Infection later than 2 weeks after surgery is very uncommon.
Will I be restricted in what I can do after the surgery?
You will not be able to swim for about a month. You may have difficulty driving or working for a few days to a week because of temporary double vision and irritation.
Will I need to take time off work after the surgery?
Yes, you will require approximately 1- 2 weeks off work after the surgery and we will provide you with a medical certificate for your employer if required, the day after your surgery.
How long will significant pain last?
Pain can last between 1-3 days. You can take over the counter pain killers to ease the pain.
How long will it take for the redness to resolve?
Usually the redness will be gone within 4 weeks, although sometimes some blood or bruising on the white of the eye may persist for 6-8 weeks.
How long will the irritation last?
This will usually be gone by 2-4 weeks.
How long will the eyelids be swollen?
The swelling is usually resolved within 2-3 weeks.
Will I need to change my glasses after the surgery?
Yes you will need to change your glasses 8 weeks after having the surgery. By this time the vision should be stable enough for you to be given a new prescription.