Pterygium Surgery & Pinguecula In New York City

Discover experienced pterygium surgery by calling 212-650-0400 or using our convenient Request an Appointment form. Patients come to us from Scarsdale, Chappaqua and Manhattan, New York, Newark, New Jersey, Greenwich, Connecticut and neighboring locations.



What is Pterygium & Pterygium Surgery?

Pterygium is a wing-shaped growth on the eye’s conjunctiva (the white of the eye) that extends onto the cornea. Also known as “surfer’s eye,” it is strongly associated with ultraviolet light (sun) exposure in susceptible individuals. While it is a benign growth, it can cause a number of bothersome symptoms, including redness, irritation, visual distortion and decreased vision. It can also be cosmetically troublesome. Pterygium surgery involves removal of the abnormal tissue from the sclera and cornea of the eye. 

What is Pinguecula?

Pinguecula is a yellow spot or growth on the conjunctiva also caused by sunlight exposure, dust and wind. While most cases of pinguecula remain confined to the conjunctiva, occasionally pinguecula may develop into pterygium which just means that it has grown onto the cornea itself. We initially use conservative treatments and topical medication to see if symptoms can be improved. If this is unsuccessful, we may consider pterygium surgery, which is performed on an outpatient basis.

Why Pterygium Surgery?

Today’s techniques offer a significantly higher success rate than conventional surgery. Dr. Rapoport meticulously removes the growth on the conjunctiva and cornea, and places an autograft or an amniotic membrane to cover the defect. In recurrent cases, she uses Mitomycin C, an antimetabolite” chemicals that prevent growth of tissue.

What to Expect?

In no-stitch surgery, the patient is lightly sedated to ensure comfort, and the eye is completely numbed, so there is no way to see the surgery occurring and no sensation of discomfort. The abnormal corneal tissue is removed and replaced with a thin graft of normal tissue. Over the next 2-3 weeks, the eye gradually returns to a normal appearance.



Botox with Dr. Rapoport in NYC

With years of focused medical and surgical training, Dr. Rapoport possess a unique knowledge of the fragile anatomy of the muscles around the eyes. If you are choosing your Botox cosmetic injector, remember that an ophthalmologist (and a physician)’s extensive knowledge of facial anatomy may maximize your outcome.

Dr. Rapoport sees many “first timers” and her soothing nature and coaching through the process will make you feel comfortable. She performs a very soft treatment for first timers and tailors each plan to individually suit each patient. Most importantly, you will love the results! With a conservative approach and an eye for beauty herself, Dr. Rapoport provides the most natural results.