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Sun, sand, dust, wind, smog, salt water. Years of exposure to these can traumatize the delicate membrane that covers the white part of the eye (the conjunctiva). The result is a wedge shaped growth of tissue with a gristle-like appearance that extends from the white portion of the eye onto the cornea (the central part of eye).

When newly formed, a pterygium may produce no symptoms, but if the condition progresses, the eye can become easily irritated. Sufferers feel burning and a foreign body sensation. Should the growth continue it can interfere with the ability to see. Surgery can remove a pterygium but standard surgical technique can leave a defect in the tissue that makes recurrence common. At Sunalp Laser Vision we use special techniques that minimize the chance of recurrence.

The Procedure

Once the pterygium is removed medication is applied to reduce the growth of abnormal cells. Following this, graft tissue is "glued" (TISSEEL Fibrin Sealant) into place to avoid leaving a defect in the conjunctiva. The procedure last less than half an hour. You will receive light sedation and your eye will be completely anesthetized.


Most people can return to work in 2 days though there may be some residual redness. Within two to four weeks your eye will have regained its normal appearance.

Why choose Dr. Sunalp?
  • Free initial screening in our Visalia office (3746 Mooney Blvd.-Next to Wal-Mart)

  • Dr. Sunalp uses special technique that minimizes recurrence rate

  • We use amniotic membrane

  • Suture free surgery (We use TISSEL=Fibrin Sealant)

  • Our surgical infection rate is ZERO (0)

  • Trained at University of Southern California (USC)-top 10 in the USA

  • Highly experience physician

  • Board certified physician

  • Dr. Sunalp is a diplomat of the American Board of Ophthalmology, a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, Fellow of the Royal College of Ophthalmology, England and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons

  • 0% financing available

  • All-inclusive cataract treatment

TISSEEL (Fibrin Sealant)

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