How much does it cost to have pterygium removed?

How much does pterygium surgery cost? Pterygium treatment is generally covered by medical insurance. If you do not have medical insurance, that’s not a problem, we charge $1850 for pterygium removal.

Should I have my pterygium removed?

Your doctor may recommend surgery to remove the pterygium if eye drops or ointments don’t provide relief. Surgery is also done when a pterygium causes a loss of vision or a condition called astigmatism, which can result in blurry vision.

How long does pterygium surgery take to heal?

Full recovery can take several weeks to about a month. Patients are also instructed to use antibiotic and steroid drops for the first 1-2 months to prevent infection, reduce inflammation, and reduce the risk of occurrence.

Does vision insurance cover pterygium surgery?

Pterygium surgery is often covered by medical insurance but may be considered as a self-pay procedure for cosmetic reasons when the growth is smaller.

How painful is pterygium surgery?

Pterygium surgery is usually performed by giving small local anesthesia injection to numb the tissues. Generally there is no pain during surgery. If you are very nervous, you will be given a Valium pill to help you relax. A light intravenous sedation may also be given.

Can a pterygium be removed by laser?

Pterygium surgery may be the best remedy. Dr. Jeehee Kim at Polaris Eye & Laser in Los Gatos, California can perform pterygium removal surgery that will correct this issue and lower the chances of regrowth.

Are you awake during pterygium surgery?

Are you awake during pterygium surgery? Yes, patients are awake, but they receive light oral sedation and the eye is numbed with local anesthetic. There is not any pain or sensation during the procedure.

What is the best eye drop for pterygium?

You can treat the irritation and redness caused by a pterygium or pinguecula with simple eye drops, such as Systane Plus or Blink lubricants. If you suffer from inflammation, a course of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drops (e.g. Acular, Voltaren Ophtha) may help.