Glaucoma surgery is also called a trabeculectomy, and involves draining some of the fluid in your eye to lower the pressure to prevent vision loss.
At Circle Health, glaucoma can be carried out as a day case procedure, usually under local anaesthetic. So, you will be awake but will not feel pain. Before your treatment, your consultant will see you at a private appointment to assess your individual situation, discuss your treatment options, answer your questions and explain the details of this treatment.
The operation typically takes between 45 minutes and an hour. After numbing your eye, your eye surgeon will make a small hole in the lining of the white of your eye. This will allow the fluid to drain out into a space in the outer lining of your eye in a controlled way. This will form a small blister or ‘bleb’ below the upper eyelid. Usually, no one will be able to see this bleb just by looking at your eyes.
You should be able to leave the hospital a few hours after the procedure. However, your doctor may recommend that you stay overnight.
You will receive aftercare instructions on how to care for your eyes to improve your recovery. The success of trabeculectomy depends not only on the surgery itself, but also on the frequent follow-up visits for medication and care for your condition.
Your surgeon will also need to check your eye the day. During the next few weeks, after the operation, you will need to return to the clinic several times so your doctor can monitor and manage your recovery.
Trabeculectomy generally has a high success rate. Like any surgery, there are some risks associated with this procedure. At Circle Health, your specialist consultant will discuss the benefits and risks of trabeculectomy in a private consultation to answer your questions or concerns and help you decide upon your treatment.