What to expect with pterygium surgery

istock 1158818002 1 Conditions such as pterygium of the eye, or “conjunctiva growths,” can be bothersome to patients, even though they are not harmful. Dr. Stuart P. Sondheimer understands that many patients want to have this conjunctiva tissue overgrowth addressed with surgical interventions, especially if it is bothersome and interferes with one’s vision.

What to expect with pterygium surgery

When choosing surgery to address pterygium, it is important to work with a trained professional who has experience and expertise in achieving the desired results. Surgery to remove pterygium is relatively minor and minimally invasive. The entire procedure often takes less than 30 minutes to complete. In preparation for surgery, patients will be properly sedated and anesthetized to ensure comfort throughout. The eyes will be completely numb as the doctor removes the pterygium. In some instances, Dr. Stuart P. Sondheimer may also graft tissue in the area at the same time, which reduces the likelihood of the pterygium returning.


Because pterygium is a relatively minor procedure, there is a low risk of swelling and infection that can occur following the treatment. Patients are unable to drive themselves home following the procedure and should arrange for transportation to return home. After the surgery, patients are expected to experience some soreness and discomfort for the first week, and redness of the eyes is common during this time as well. With proper care, patients heal properly and will have their field of vision improved. Patients should schedule a follow-up appointment with Dr. Stuart P. Sondheimer to ensure the procedure was successful and patients are happy with the results. Any concerns that occur while at home that are unusual should be brought to a doctor’s attention as soon as possible.

Learn more about surgery for pterygium

If you live in Skokie, IL and have been diagnosed with pterygium, it may be time to speak to an eye physician about the options available for treatment. Dr. Stuart P. Sondheimer and his team are committed to ensuring patients have access to the solutions they need for better eye health and wellness. Call the office today at (847) 677-2794 and visit the office at 9150 Crawford Avenue, Ste. #201.

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