- eye irritation
- sensitivity to light
- blurry vision
- dry eyes
- foreign body sensation
- itching or burning
- Inflammation of the upper eyelid
Pterygium is a common eye condition. It is an abnormal benign or non-cancerous growth of thin tissue that covers the white part of the eye, most often on the inner corner.
The most common pterygium treatment is eye drops (artificial tears) and protective measures, such as sunglasses and hat wear. In more significant cases, surgical removal is recommended.
If you are struggling with this condition contact Vision Clinic Sydney for more information on Pterygium Surgery Sydney.
A pterygium is a growth of the conjunctiva that grows onto the cornea. It can eventually lead to impaired vision and extreme eye discomfort.
Patients with pterygium often first notice the condition because of the appearance of a lesion on their eye or because of irritation and inflammation.
In this procedure, the pterygium is removed along with the tissue covering the sclera (conjunctiva). Tissue is removed from the patient’s upper conjunctiva and used to cover the bare sclera. Dr Kumar advocates the use of modern tissue adhesives such as fibrin glue rather than sutures to fix the auto-conjunctival graft into place.
The cost of pterygium surgery may be dependent on the severity of the condition. After a full consultation with Dr Kumar, you will be provided with a detailed quotation.
Please contact us directly or book a consultation to find out more about our prices.
Vision Clinic Sydney ophthalmologists can help with pterygium surgery. They can provide a comprehensive eye examination to determine the degree of the condition and the best course of treatment.
Dr Nikhil Kumar has a long-standing admiration for the complexities of the eye, leading him to pursue ophthalmology as a speciality. He was awarded a degree in Medicine from the University of Newcastle in 1998 and went on to finish his specialised training in ophthalmology at the Sydney Eye Hospital in 2008. He has further subspecialist cornea training and has performed thousands of pterygium surgeries.
His area of expertise includes cataract surgery, refractive surgery, corneal transplantation, pterygium removal, keratoconus management and laser vision correction.
For the initial visit, you will need to provide a referral letter from your primary care physician or eye specialist in order to qualify for a Medicare rebate for the consultation and any tests/procedures done at the clinic.
If you do not have a referral letter, you can still be seen at the practice, but you will not be able to claim a Medicare rebate.
We are located in the central business district of Sydney in New South Wales. Our physical address is Level 6, Suite 605, 229 Macquarie St., Sydney NSW 2000, Australia.
Below you can find our most frequently asked questions:
The out-of-pocket cost of pterygium surgery in Australia can range from $500-$1800 per eye and depends on your level of private coverage, the type of surgery and the hospital where it is performed.
Pterygium surgery is generally not painful. Local anesthesia is used to numb the area and most patients feel little to no discomfort during the procedure. After the procedure, some patients experience minor discomfort or redness, but this usually subsides within a few days.
Pterygium is often caused by frequent or excess exposure to the sun’s UV light. People that spend time outdoors are recommended to wear UV-protective eyewear and a hat.
This information is not intended to be used for diagnosis or treatment. It is aimed at presenting a perspective only and is not a substitute for a prescription. Anyone experiencing a medical condition should consult their doctor.
In this procedure, the pterygium is removed along with the tissue covering the sclera (conjunctiva). Tissue is removed from the patient’s upper conjunctiva and used to cover the bare sclera. Dr. Kumar advocates the use of fibrin glue rather than sutures to fix the autoconjunctival graft into place.