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What your friend has, by all accounts, are pterygia (pterygium, singular).
so, what is the best treatment for this condition?
Essentially if he is becoming debilitated from these, then the treatment is surgical excision. Laser is not an effective treatment for these for the most part.
but he told me that whenever he consulted various doctors in CR they recommended laser and told him that surgical excision only treats it temporarily
and that the laser treatment will get rid of it once and for all
It's actually the other way around. These are much more likely to need further treatment (ie surgical) if a laser is applied to it--this kind of treatment is not an established, acceptable treatment option for pterygia. While the risk of recurrence is there with surgery, depending on the way the surgery is done the risk of recurrence can be as low as 1-5%, whereas trying to treat this with a laser will almost certainly not get rid of it for good and it will likely need future interventions.
how strange.. i know he had to save money for years to do this instead of surgery that is almost free. this is very disappointing to hear. thanks a lot though
You're welcome. Do you have any other concerns or questions about this topic?
no, thank you. all the best, XXXXX XXXXX
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