University of Iowa Health Care

Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

EyeRounds Online Atlas of Ophthalmology

Contributor: William Charles Caccamise, Sr, MD, Retired Clinical Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

*Dr. Caccamise has very generously shared his images of patients taken while operating during the "eye season" in rural India as well as those from his private practice during the 1960's and 1970's. Many of his images are significant for their historical perspective and for techniques and conditions seen in settings in undeveloped areas.

Category: Cornea

Unsuccessful pterygium operation

eight unsuccessful pterygium operations

The pterygium has a distinct geographic distribution. On the Gangetic plain as in other sunny, dusty, windblown regions, the eye surgeon will examine many patients with this condition. In cities of Upstate New York, a patient with an active pterygium is a rarity - frequently the patient is from elsewhere and is a farmer or works outdoors. At the Kurji Eye Clinic, this patient stated that he had had eight surgeries for his pterygium. Indication that there has been no absolutely satisfactory operation for the active pterygium lies in the publication - even until today - of new approaches to the pterygium. Any report of a new and better operation for pterygium must include the essential statistic of active versus inactive pterygia in the case-studies.

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last updated: 02-08-2008
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