Pterygium Surgery

from basic to advanced—————


This course goes in-depth on a familiar topic to help the surgeon prevent recurrence and avoid complications



Pterygium surgery, despite being one of the first surgeries performed by the ophthalmologist, requires refinement in its performance to avoid complications and recurrence.

Theoretical basis to demystify the handling and use of fibrin glue in pterygium surgery,  tips to avoid recurrences in surgery, how to perform autologous transplantation, changes in technique in recurrent pterygia, use of adjuvant therapies with literature review and alternative techniques for cases specials.


Intended for: ophthalmologists and ophthalmologists in training.

Format: Online and self-paced with lifetime access

Duration: Approximately 2-4 hours a week for 8 weeks (depending on previous knowledge)

Certificate: 10 hours of PAAO Continuing Medical Education on completion


  • Autologous conjunctival transplantation has been the gold standard in pterygium surgery for some years now. The search for excellence leads us to opt for this surgical technique, which has lower rates of recurrence and complications, in addition to providing greater comfort for the patient.
  • The advent of fibrin glue in pterygium surgery, according to meta-analysis, provides better results in the surgery in question, in addition to reducing surgical time.
  • Knowledge of adjuvant therapies (such as mitomycin and antiangiogenic), alternative techniques (such as amniotic membrane and labial mucosa) in addition to the peculiarities of surgery in relapsed cases are essential for the surgeon’s success.
  • We will also comment on the theoretical principles of pterygium risk factors, and we will finish with the technique using femtosecond laser



  • Why do we still talk about pterygia?
  • Risk factors and classification
  • Clinical treatment and when to operate?

Surgical Technique I

  • What are the currently available techniques?
  • Surgical technique of autologous transplantation
  • Principles of fibrin glue and its preparation
  • How to use fibrin glue in pterygium surgery

Surgical Technique II

  • Adjuvant Therapies in pterygium surgery
  • Alternative techniques
  • Recurrent pterygium, what changes in my technique
  • Complications, how to avoid and solve

Surgical Technique III

  • Femtosecond laser in pterygium surgery
  • Surgical videos


  • Study guides that facilitate the student’s learning process.
  • Audiovisual lectures prepared by the teaching team on each topic. These will be available for online reading and in a save/print version.
  • Reading material, available in Spanish and/or English in pdf format.
  • Concept maps, synoptic charts, tables, and memory aids 


Application activities are used throughout the course consisting of:

  • Multiple-choice questions
  • Open-ended, self-corrected questions with checklists
  • Question and answer forums

Each module will have a final exam that must be passed to move on to the next module. The number of attempts is unlimited, but must be passed to move on to the next module.

The activities will promote the exchange and use of students’ knowledge and experiences and facilitate applying new learning to professional practice.

The teachers in charge of the course will accompany, guide, and encourage the learning process in the individual instances and the collective learning interactions.

Meet Your Faculty

Over 7 distinguished experts contributed to this course. Learn more about them.

PAAO Member

$50 USD

$65 USD non-member

life-time access
forum support
printable study materials

PAAO Member

$75 USD

$100 USD non-member

life-time access
forum support
printable study materials


$75 USD

USD non-member

life-time access
forum support
printable study materials

*Residents/fellows must submit a letter from their program.
**Technicians must submit a letter from an ophthalmologist.

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