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Question:
Is surgery to remove pterygia and pingueculae safe?

Answer:
If performed by an Eye M.D., removal of pterygia, a fleshy growth on the white of the eye, and pingueculae, a yellowish patch on the white of the eye, is safe. There is, however, a high rate of recurrence. The white area of the eye from which the growth is removed may stay red for several weeks following the surgery. Your Eye M.D. will review the risks and benefits of these procedures for your individual situation. You will then be able to decide if you need surgery.

Answered by: Rona Silkiss, MD Dr. Rona Silkiss

Categories: Eye Surgery

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Answered: Mar 11, 2014

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