When Is Glaucoma Surgery Necessary?
Glaucoma causes fluid build-up, which results in clogging and draining problems around the optic nerve. This causes retinal damage, and in the worst cases, vision loss. Unfortunately, the early stages of glaucoma do not present any signs, and people who do not receive regular eye exams may not know they have it until it becomes substantially worse.
If other treatment methods such as laser treatments or medication do not work, the eye doctor might recommend surgery. Although neither of these treatments can cure the condition, they prevent it from becoming worse. There are several types of glaucoma surgery, which include:
- Glaucoma implant surgery
- Minimally invasive glaucoma surgery
Before leaving the ophthalmology clinic, our eye doctor will advise you on what to do during the recovery period. You should rest and relax for a few days following the procedure by avoiding strenuous activities and exercising. Driving is not recommended during this period, and you should have someone drive you home after the surgery. We will provide further instructions which you should follow to avoid problems during the recovery period. Most people recover within three weeks after the surgery, although others may take longer.
The Side Effects of Glaucoma Surgery
Like any other invasive medical procedure, glaucoma surgery may cause side effects, such as a sore or swollen eye. These symptoms usually go away after a brief period.