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Pterygium Surgery

Pterygium can be removed in a small surgical procedure, although small lesions that are not affecting vision can be safely left and kept under observation.


Reasons for pterygium removal include:

To remove the cosmetic blemish on the eye

To treat the irritation and soreness that it may cause

To treat or prevent effects on the eyesight

Rarely, if there is another condition such as cataract present, pterygium removal may be advisable before proceeding.

The Process

This is a surgical procedure done after a local anaesthetic injection under and around the lesion. Sedation can be used to help you through the procedure if necessary. The steps are:

Gently shave the lesion off the surface of the eye leaving a bare area
Cauterize tiny bleeding blood vessels as necessary

Depending on the size of the lesion, either loosen (“undermine”) the skin edges and carefully suture them with small dissolving sutures, or for larger lesions take a small “graft” of healthy eye surface skin from beneath the upper lid, and use this to cover the bare area.

In rare cases with a large or recurrent lesion, we may recommend completing the repair with human amniotic membrane.

At the end of the procedure, either a soft bandage contact lens or an eye pad are placed on the eye (surgeon/patient choice). Post operative drops and painkillers are provided.

Why MY Eye Clinic?

My Eye Clinic is conveniently located in Gosforth with easy parking and relaxed comfortable waiting areas with refreshments.

My Eye Clinic has a highly-experienced consultant corneal & anterior segment surgeon to provide expert assessment and treatment of pterygium.

My Eye Clinic can provide easy access to surgery with minimal waiting times.

My Eye Clinic has a new fully-equipped operating theatre staffed by specialist ophthalmic theatre nurses and supported by two consultant specialist ophthalmic anaesthetists.

Your Consultants

Consultant Ophthalmologist with a special interest in Cornea and Dry Eyes

Mr Morgan, a Consultant Ophthalmologist, is a Dry Eye Specialist who is an expert in the assessment and treatment of dry eyes.


Pterygium removal under LA


Pterygium removal under LA with sedation



Following surgery the eye is often red and irritable for a month or more, gradually settling over this period.

There is a small risk of infection, which at worst could leave a scar and affect vision.Any graft used may fail to “take” and may require to be removed or replaced.

Sutures are irritable and we may decide to gently remove them as your eye heals.

There is a small (10% or less) risk of recurrence of pterygium. Recurrences can sometime be larger than the original lesion and require re-operation.

Eyesight and focusing may change, requiring a change of spectacle prescription, as the eye heals.

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13:07 09 Apr 24
First class recommendation for My Eye Clinic and in particular Andrew Peel who was professional, knowledgeable very thorough. A pleasure to deal with!
Holly RobinsonHolly Robinson
12:16 28 Mar 24
So helpful and reassuring. My site is amazing. The whole process was so smooth, I understood everything that I was told and knew of any risks and potential side effects before agreeing to anything. Couldn't be happier.
Dawn RaffleDawn Raffle
19:10 21 Feb 24
I recently had permanent lens procedure carried out by Mr Ghosh. Having glasses as a child and contact lenses for many years, this has been an absolute revelation for me. Mr Ghosh was absolutely brilliant and very professional from the start. All the staff are lovely and especially like to thank Dianne, Anita and the team. This has changed my life for the better thanks.
Anis FinnAnis Finn
09:35 29 Mar 23
Beautiful clinic, really nice atmosphere, prompt service and really friendly and professional staff. Fernando was particularly great!I would definitely recommend.
Mrs TigerMrs Tiger
17:51 17 Jan 23
Excellent care, all staff very courteous and helpful. YAG surgery clearly explained to me by Mr Morgan, who did a brilliant job. I'd highly recommend this clinic.
Arya DaniArya Dani
14:43 22 Dec 22
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Audrey GilesAudrey Giles
08:58 23 Nov 22
I visited the My Hearing Clinic knowing I needed a hearing assessment but thinking it was just a build up of wax. It came as a shock that I heard a hearing loss which needed addressing. The service I received from Andrew was outstanding! He explained my hearing loss and went through all my options. He recognised that it was a lot of information to take in so made a follow up appointment, giving me sufficient time to think about what I wanted to do. From start to finish the service has been excellent, efficient, professional and friendly from the moment you walk through the door and meet Lee. The clinic is well located, parking on site, high standard of cleanliness. Definitely a recommendation from me. Thank you!
Andrea BoothAndrea Booth
19:55 22 Nov 22
Absolutely first class treatment and experience at this wonderful clinic. Staff were exceptionally welcoming and friendly Mr Morgan the consultant was lovely explaining everything. I had YAG laser treatment painless no discomfort and almost immediate corrected vision. Thank you all so very very much.
Glynis GallagherGlynis Gallagher
16:41 17 Nov 21
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