Excellent question. As with many surgeries, physicians in training may be involved. Pterygium surgery is a very delicate surgery involving the cornea, and complications can arise. An experienced surgeon should be involved in the case. That being said, interns would typically be in the operating room only under direct supervision of the attending surgeon. The supervising surgeon should be someone you are comfortable with, as they would be overseeing the procedure.
Pterygium surgery is challenging in that it has many intricacies in order to minimize the risk of scarring and of recurrence. An experienced surgeon should help you to achieve your goals with your pterygium.
Omar Ozgur, MD