A pterygium is a benign growth of the conjunctiva that grows onto the cornea. It can eventually lead to impaired vision.
Patients with pterygium often first notice the condition because of the appearance of a lesion on their eye or because of irritation and inflammation. Other symptoms include dryness, redness, and tearing. In more severe cases, the pterygium grows over the pupil and limits vision.
The most common pterygium treatment is eye drops (artificial tears) and such protective measures as sunglasses and hat wear. In more significant cases, surgery may be recommended.
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.