Pterygium Surgery

Are your eyes often red or irritated?

Do you have a growth in your eyes?


If you answered “Yes“ you may have a Pterygium.

A Pterygium can irritate your eyes and affect your vision.

A Pterygium, commonly known as a “growth” is an abnormal tissue that grows over the cornea (the transparent tissue in the front of the eye). It causes redness, dryness, irritation, tearing, and foreign body sensation. As the pterygium grows it presses and changes the shape of the cornea. This changes the prescription of the glasses, and may impair vision.

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Please make an appointment with one of our specialists who will create a specialized plan to help you see, look, and feel your best!

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Pterygium grows over time

As the pterygium grows it can cover the center of vision



The pingueculae is a white, yellow, or fleshy spot with vessels on the conjunctiva that has not yet grown over the cornea.  Treatment is the same as for Dry Eyes. We also recommend sunglasses and antioxidant eye vitamins. The goal is to prevent it from growing.

small to medium pterygium


The pterygium appears as a white or fleshy spot with blood vessels that grows over the cornea. It can be flat or elevated causing symptoms. At this point surgery is required to remove it.

large pterygium

Large Pterygium

When the pterygium is large it can also affect vision because it changes the shape of the cornea and can grow to cover the center of the pupil. A residual scar can be seen sometimes after it is removed. Early surgery affords the best results.

There has never been a better time to have comfortable eyes!

Call: 786-899-2516

Pterygium Surgery

We know you want to have white comfortable eyes!

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Pterygium is most common in smokers, persons who are exposed to sunlight (UV light), dust, dirt, wind, dryness, and smoke during work, sports, or any outdoor activity. Recurrence rate can be reduced by improving the risk factors. This includes using artificial tears, sunglasses, and taking antioxidant eye vitamins. We perform the surgery with the most advanced technique using amniotic membrane, which has young cells from the placenta to help reduce the chances of recurring, and fibrin glue to reduce the need for stitches. After surgery some patients may have a residual white mark where the pterygium attached to the cornea. This scar tends to decrease over time.

Call now and make an appointment today!

Beraja Medical Institute Doctors

Choose from one of our experienced Pterygium Surgery Specialists


Dr. Margarita R. Cardenas

Pediatric Ophthalmology

If you have any questions, call us. We are here to help!

Call: 786-899-2516


Am I a Candidate?

If you are noticing that your eyes are irritated or red even when using artificial tears, and you have a pterygium, you may require surgery. Don’t delay the decision to be examined.

Depending on your symptoms, the size of the pterygium, and whether you had a previous pterygium surgery, our surgeons will recommend the best procedure for you.

Call us at: 786-899-2516

2550 South Douglas Road
Coral Gables, FL, 33134


Before the Operation

Our anesthesiologist’s recommendations are tailored to your needs. Ask them if you should stop taking aspirin or blood thinners.

Come to the surgery center without having breakfast at the designated time. Make arrangements for someone to take you back home after the surgery since you will not be able to drive.

Our friendly staff is available to help you with financial arrangements and answer any questions.


The Procedure

Pterygium surgery is virtually painless, performed using a small blade, topical anesthesia, and an intravenous sedative, without stitches or patches so you can use your vision the same day.

The pterygium is removed, an amniotic membrane harvested from the placenta with young cells is used to reduce the incidence of re-growth, and the tissue is sealed using natural fibrin glue. A contact lens is then placed on the eye to improve comfort. The contact lens will be removed by us at one of your post-op visits.

When there have been recurrences, we also bring tissue from another part of the eye to cover the area where the pterygium is removed. These cases may require sutures which are removed at a later date during your post-op visits.


After Your Operation

You can resume all your activities immediately except for swimming in pools or the ocean, doing gardening, and construction work for two weeks. After this period you can return to all your normal activities.

Apply all the drops recommended in order to ensure excellent healing. You can help improve your chances of it not growing back by keeping your eyes moist, using artificial tears, sunglasses, and taking antioxidant eye vitamins.

The day after the surgery please remain at home so we can contact you. Do not miss your post-op appointments and feel free to call us for any reason if you need to see us earlier.


Insurance Coverage

For your convenience we accept many insurance plans.

Pterygium surgery is usually covered by insurances. If you do not have a medical insurance or your insurance will not cover the procedure we accept credit cards, checks, cash, and have different financing options to help you have whiter eyes and feel comfortable.