Damayanthi M. Surangi1, B. I. Mirajkar2, Madhuri Parande3
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the recurrence rate after pterygium excision through bare sclera technique as compared to conjunctival autograft technique with sutures during a 6 months follow up period.
METHODS: Sixty eyes of 60 patients with the diagnosis of primary pterygium were studied. 30 eyes of 30 patients in group A underwent surgical excision with bare sclera technique, 30 eyes in group B underwent pterygium excision with conjunctival autograft. Cases were followed up for 6 months to note any recurrence.
RESULTS: Most patients in both the groups belonged to the age group of 31-40. Recurrence was detected in three cases (10%) in group A. Recurrences were more frequent among male patients. Recurrence was detected in only one female patient (3.33%)
CONCLUSIONS: We conclude from our study that the recurrence rate for bare sclera technique is high. Conjunctival autograft is a better technique of surgery for a primary pterygium.