Pterygium Surgery


A pterygium is a fleshy overgrowth of the conjunctiva on the surface of the eye. It is often triangular, pink and fleshy and fine blood vessels may be visible. Sunlight exposure and age are risk factors. Removal is indicated when it grows large enough to cause irritation to the eye or where it starts to encroach on the visual axis.


Eye with a pterygium


What to expect with pterygium removal surgery?

Almost all operations are carried out under local anaesthetic in a day surgery environment. The operation usually takes about 45 minutes or less, with about a 2-3 hour stay in the hospital. A stay in hospital overnight is generally not needed. You will be required to take eye drops following surgery and Dr Kam will ask you to come to his clinic the following week to check on your recovery after the surgery.

Any questions regarding surgery are best discussed with your ophthalmologist.


How do I make an appointment to see Dr Kam?

Inner East Eye Surgeons reception is open Monday to Friday 8:45-17:00. Please call (03) 8518 0300 during those hours. Visit our contact page for more details on how to contact us.