A pterygium may not cause problems other than redness and eye irritation however, if it continues to grow onto your cornea, it may cause vision problems.
Therefore, failure to have the treatment performed when recommended by an experienced Pterygium Ophthalmologist can increase the risk of long term damage to your vision.
Although complications are very low or rare with qualified surgeons utilising the PERFECT Pterygium technique they are still possible. They might include but not limited to:
- The formation of a cyst, infection, or proud flesh requiring further treatment or surgery – 1 in 400.
- Persistent double vision requiring surgical intervention – 1 in 500
- The graft tissue remaining red and inflamed due to rejection requiring surgical replacement – 1 in 500
- A drooping eyelid which requires corrective surgery – 1 in 1000
- Loss of functional vision due to uncontrolled infection or perforation of the eye – 1 in 10,000+
Removal of recurrent pterygium usually performed by another surgeon increases the risk of persistent double vision. This could require further surgery to correct the situation.