You should feel no pain during the operation. If under local anesthetic, you will be aware of your surroundings but will not be able to see. Your eye should be completely numb.
The technique eliminates the use for any stitches so there should be little to no discomfort. After the procedure, if there is some pain, medications will be given.
You may need to wear an eye patch for the first one or two days following pterygium surgery. Although the healing process varies from patient to patient, recovery is quite rapid. After two or three days, you should be able to return to work and resume normal activities.
For the first week, medicated eye drops may be prescribed along with a lubricant. The adhesive glue used during the AMT will dissolve. In general, your eye should return to its normal appearance in 2-4 weeks. There should be little or no irritation and redness.
The surface of the eye is prone to infection until it has healed completely. Take care to keep the eye clean. Wash your hands regularly and try to avoid touching your eyes.
Wear sunglasses (wraparound ones are best) when going outside in the sun or wind. And always wear protective goggles or glasses when operating power tools.
Most important is to ensure you attend your follow-up appointments. If pterygium were to re-appear, it will usually do so in the first 12 months after surgery. Your doctor will want to monitor your progress closely.
Our eyes are delicate and need to be cared for. Although pterygium may not be considered a serious condition, it is important to seek medical advice to make sure it does not become more severe.
If you or a loved one is showing any symptoms, book an appointment or walk in today. Be assured that the New Jersey Eye Center will offer you the best care and, if necessary, a successful pterygium surgery.