I work as an Ophthalmic Technician and I can tell you that this is one of the more simple procedures that we do. You will do fine and you will feel a lot better when that pterygium is not longer in you eye. Good luck.
Could you tell me about the typical anethesia used for this - is it the twilight anethesia, like they use in an colonoscopy? I am concerned about freaking out during the process, during my initial exam - numbing of the eyes / dryness test / photo's, I ended up throwing up. I'm afraid of moving/flinching if I see anything coming at me during the surgery. Will I be aware of what is happening?
Thank you, I totally appreciate you sharing your inside experience and knowledge.
Every office does things differently. The best idea is to call your doctor and ask for him to explain the surgery. The office I work for gives a local anesthetic. I would recommend you telling your doctor how nervous you are and he/she will take extra precautions to make you comfortable.
I am looking for anyone that has been through pterygium sugery. I am freaked out about being awake during the surgery, could you please share your experience with me?
Also, any recovery tips or advice is appreciated!
Had a very extensive pterygium removed 9 days ago. I was also freaked out, but the only pain experienced was a tightness in my shoulders from being tense before hand. I can say honestly that not only has there been no pain, but I haven't even experienced any discomfort. Took two tylenol the day following surgery as a preventative measure but nothing since that time other than religiously following eye drop routine. I would not have believed it before hand, but being awake during the surgery was interesting and I am not someone that would ever tune into the various surgery programs on TV.
Good luck, have courage, and get it done. You will be pleased. I am a retired navy and airline pilot. Have always done my best to stay away from doctors, but there have been some fantastic medical advancements. Go get em tiger!