Glaucoma is a condition that leads to damage to the optic nerve and eventual blindness. It is most commonly caused by increased pressure in the eye. If you have been diagnosed with glaucoma, your ophthalmologist at Kunesh Eye Center in Dayton, OH, may recommend surgery to help relieve the stress and prevent further damage.

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What Is Glaucoma Surgery?

Glaucoma surgery is a type of eye surgery used to treat glaucoma. Glaucoma is a condition that causes damage to the optic nerve and can lead to blindness. The goal of glaucoma surgery is to improve the drainage of fluid from the eye and to reduce the pressure in the eye.

What Are the Different Types of Surgery for Glaucoma?

There are several types of surgery for glaucoma, including:

  • Trabeculectomy: This is the most common type of surgery for glaucoma. It involves making a small incision in the eye to allow fluid to drain out.
  • Laser surgery: This type of surgery uses a laser to make a small hole in the eye to allow fluid to drain out.
  • Implant surgery: This type of surgery involves placing a small tube in the eye to help drain fluid. It’s also known as an eye stent.

What Is the Recovery Time for Glaucoma Surgery?

Recovery time for glaucoma surgery is typically short, with most people able to return to their normal activities within a day or two. However, following your doctor’s instructions for post-operative care is essential, which may include using eye drops and avoiding strenuous activity.

What Are the Risks of Glaucoma Surgery?

There are several risks associated with glaucoma surgery, including infection, bleeding, and damage to the eye. In some cases, the surgery may not successfully reduce pressure in the eye, which can lead to further vision loss. However, the chance of experiencing these issues is small.

How Successful Is Surgery for Glaucoma?

Glaucoma surgery is usually successful in reducing intraocular pressure. However, it is not a cure for glaucoma, and the pressure may begin to increase again over time. If this happens, additional surgery or other treatments may be necessary. Between 70% and 90% of patients report better vision for at least one year after surgery. Many do need eyeglasses or contacts to reach ideal eyesight.

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Kunesh Eye Center in Dayton, OH, is a premier ophthalmology center that offers a wide range of eye surgery and eye care services. We are committed to providing our patients with the highest quality of care possible. Our experienced ophthalmologists and optometrists are dedicated to providing you with the best possible vision. Call us today at (937) 298-1703.