A minor surgical procedure can remove a pterygium from the cornea, however, there is a risk the pterygium will grow back. There are several techniques for removing pterygia.
Conjunctival auto-grafting is a safe and effective technique that surgically removes a pterygium. In this procedure, the pterygium is removed down to bare sclera. Normal conjunctiva from another area of the eye is removed and placed on the area of bare sclera created by the pterygium excision.
Amniotic Membrane Transplantation
Amniotic membrane transplantation is another safe and effective pterygium removal procedure. In this procedure, instead of using the patient’s own normal conjunctiva, amniotic membrane is used. This type of graft encourages healing and reduces swelling.
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