Pterygium Surgery with No Stitches
Heidelberg Eye Clinic offers sutureless pterygium surgery. Under local anaesthetic (no needles around the eye) the pterygium is removed. A conjunctival autograft is taken from the top surface of the eye and glued to the site of the removed pterygium. A special fibrin glue eliminates the need for stitches. Studies have shown that this technique is superior to the traditional technique which involves the use of many small stitches.
This technique offers the major benefit that it is a much more comfortable procedure with little post-operative discomfort. Also studies show that there is a lower recurrence rate with this technique.