A pterygium is a growth of the conjunctival tissue onto the cornea. This most commonly occurs on the side closest to the nose. The growth can cause persistent redness and inflammation, vision distortion, and corneal scarring.
For the early stages of a pterygium, treatment is achieved with lubricating and anti-inflammatory drops. If there is persistent inflammation despite appropriate drops use, vision loss, or the threat of central corneal scarring, pterygium removal can be performed. Dr. Richheimer generally employs a sutureless technique, using glue instead of sutures, to repalce the pterygium with a graft. This allows not only a very high success rate, but generally a faster, more comfortable recovery.