How Long Does It Take To Heal After Pterygium Surgery?

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, want to ask. My mother has had pterygium surgery, how long do you think it will take to heal? what are the signs of infection? Are swollen eyelids normal after surgery? Thank you

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Hi Irma,

Thank you for asking HealthReplies.com.

Pterygium is characterized by the appearance of a membrane on the white part of the eye, which generally starts from the inner corner of the eye and then spreads to the middle. This condition arises due to excessive conjunctival growth triggered by dry eye conditions, as well as excessive exposure to UV rays, dry air, and wind. If it does not expand and cause complaints, pterygium is generally harmless. However, if the pterygium gets wider to cover the visual field or often causes irritation symptoms, then surgery is the right step that should be done.

Pterygium surgery is performed over a short period of time, usually ranging from 30 to 45 minutes. This operation is done by scraping the pterygium and then filling the empty gap of the pterygium using tissue taken from the patient's conjunctiva or placenta. In this way, it is hoped that the pterygium will not recur in the future.

After undergoing pterygium surgery, patients can experience symptoms of inflammation, ranging from mild to severe. This inflammation may also cause your mother to have swelling in her eyelids. To overcome this inflammation, a few weeks to several months after surgery, doctors often prescribe drops that contain anti-inflammatory substances.

If the postoperative treatment is carried out properly, the risk of infection can be greatly minimized. You need to suspect your mother has an infection if several signs appear, such as painful eyes, excessive secretions, discharge, red, watery, swollen eyes, to visual disturbances. In severe conditions, this infection can also make the patient experience a fever. If you don't find the signs above, then you don't need to worry.

Postoperative inflammation will generally subside and the patient can return to normal activities within 2 to 6 weeks after surgery. This recovery time can of course vary depending on the size of the pterygium suffered previously, postoperative care performed, and a history of other illnesses suffered.

Therefore, you should invite your mother to check with an ophthalmologist regularly after surgery. In this way, possible dangerous complications can be detected early so that treatment can be carried out appropriately and quickly.

At this time, to relieve swelling in the eyelids, in addition to using the medication that the doctor gave you after the surgery, your mother should not hold her eyes excessively. Protect your eyes from exposure to pollution, irritants, and sunlight. Also, elevate your mother's head a little while sleeping to reduce swelling.

Hope it helps ya..

dr. Nadia Nurotul Fuadah

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