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What Pterygium Is & How Cosmetic Surgery May Be Best
Cosmetic Pterygium surgery is performed by highly experienced Cornea Surgeons. It is the latest method to treat this ghastly disease.
Pterygium is a callous like growth on the clear part of the eye or the cornea. It can be unsightly. Movie actors, young people hate how it looks. A lot of people mistakenly assume the person is drunk. It can make life difficult at work
especially if you are making a presentation to close a big deal. You may have spent a lot of time in front of the mirror wondering why your eyes always turn red or looking at a sheet covering the white part of your eye.
Pterygium also affects a person’s vision either by inducing astigmatism or in later stages marching towards the pupil. In extreme cases person can loose all vision. There are two important considerations to keep in mind when thinking of getting your Pterygium removed.
First, the result should be cosmetically pleasing. Two, it should not come back. Both the goals require meticulous surgery by a skilled cornea surgeon specializing in the latest techniques.
Before the Cosmetic Pterygium surgery:
- You should discontinue blood thinners like aspirin, warfarin.
- Control the dry eyes
- Cauterize all bleeders.
- Start antibiotic and steroid drops or ointment
- Avoid excessive bleeding causing prolonged redness and swelling.
- Remove the Pterygium entirely from the cornea. Polish the remaining fibers to leave a clear surface
- Mark out the entire Pterygium and excise it.
- Microdissect the scaffolding on which the Pterygium grows.
- Cover the bare area with conjunctival autograft or aminograft allograft using tissue or other bio glue. This is a very important step. Previously stitches were used. They can induce inflammation and pain. Tisseel is self dissolving painless so generates more cosmesis.
- Taper the steroid and non-steroid drops instead of stopping them abruptly
- Use Punctal occluders if necessary. Keep the eye hydrated and moist.
- Treat early recurrence with anti-inflammatory drops or Mitomycin injection.
- Watch for early recurrence.
Cosmetic Pterygium Surgery should not be taken lightly. Please do not wait till you go blind. Also avoid having Lasik eye surgery if you are suffering from Pterygium. In such situations alternatives like combined Superlasik and Pterygium removal are a superior choice.
If you live outside Los Angeles and would like Dr.Khanna to give a complementary opinion, please send us picture of your eyes. Our Pterygium Surgeon will review your picture and opine whether you are eligible for this advanced procedure.
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