Glaucoma surgery – Trabeculectomy / Trabeculoplasty
Glaucoma is a condition of increased pressure within the eyeball, and may result in gradual loss of sight. Glaucoma surgery – or trabeculectomy - is performed to decrease the production of intraocular fluid, or increase the drainage of this fluid. In some cases, the surgery will accomplish both.
Surgery is chosen as a way of treatment when non-surgical options, such as the use of topical eye medications, or oral medications, are not effective.
Laser surgery – laser trabeculoplasty - is usually recommended over conventional surgery - trabeculectomy.
Glaucoma surgery involves either laser treatment or making a cut in the eye to reduce the intraocular pressure. The type of the surgery will be recommended by the operating surgeon, after the consultation, and it will depend on the type and severity of your glaucoma and the general health of your eye.
The surgery may take anywhere from 30 minutes to 90 minutes depending on the severity of glaucoma.
Recovery period after glaucoma surgery is 6 to 8 weeks.
Several follow up doctor visits are usually recommended after glaucoma surgery. The first doctor consultation and examination is usually performed shortly after the surgery, and the next visit is scheduled after a week or so. It is usually recommended to also see the doctor 1-2 months after the surgery.
Recovery process and recommendations are identical to the tummy tuck surgery (above on this page).
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