In Office Pterygium Surgery
We now offer pterygium surgery in the office. This is for that growth that can cover the surface of the eye or make the eye red and irritated looking. If people are always asking if you got enough sleep, or why your eyes are so red, a pterygium may be the reason. This is a growth that tends to be related to sun exposure and is common in surfers, outdoor workers, or just sun worshipers. As a cornea specialist, Dr. Aaker has additional training in diseases of the cornea such as pterygium. He also has served as director of Cornea & External disease for the Texas A&M ophthalmology residency program and has treated the most severe pterygia. Providing surgery in the office can be a great option for patients that are looking for cosmetic removal of their pterygia, are self-pay, or have high deductible insurance plans. By offering pterygium surgery in office, we are able to provide the same great results from surgery at a surgery center without the added cost. In our office setting, we may prescribe a sedative to relax you before the surgery. During the surgery itself, we will provided the same level of local and topical anesthetic that we do in the operating room. The pterygium will be removed and the area covered with a graft called a conjunctival autograft. This provides for the same low rate of recurrence of less than 5% that we do in the surgery center. A bandage contact lens will be placed on the eye, and you will be asked to come back in a week. We still offer surgery in a surgery center for those who want a deeper level of sedation, but office based surgery is available for those that seek a more convenient and less costly alternative. If you think you may have pterygia, please give our office a call at 512-686-1224. We serve central Texas, Austin, Round Rock, Waco, and Georgetown.