What are the Different Types of Glaucoma Surgery?
While there are glaucoma medications that can help lower intraocular pressure, if the body either stops responding to these medications or the patient has reached the maximum dosage and they have the need for more treatment, glaucoma surgery is typically the next step that is advised by the glaucoma specialist.
There are many types of glaucoma surgery, and knowing what to expect after glaucoma surgery will depend on which surgery is performed.
Trabeculectomy, and shunts/implants — are some of the most common. Note that many patients with glaucoma and cataract opt to have both surgeries at the same time.
What to expect after glaucoma surgery: recovery time?
Recovery time after glaucoma surgery varies according to the patient’s eye condition and the type of glaucoma surgery. Most patients heal within 3 to 6 weeks after surgery. It is recommended to reserve the day after the surgery for recovery time alone. During the rest of the recovery time, it’s generally recommended that postoperative glaucoma patients avoid strenuous activity or situations (heavy lifting, exercise, stressful work, etc.).
What to expect after glaucoma surgery: driving?
The day of and the day after surgery, it’s best to coordinate and pre-plan any rides and transportation that you will need. Some patients feel comfortable driving 2-3 days after the surgery. Whereas some others prefer to wait for up to 1-2 months to get back to normal driving routines. I think it is better to start driving once a person feels confident and comfortable to drive on their own.
What to expect after glaucoma surgery: other necessary precautions?
While glaucoma surgery is very commonly performed and regarded as safe, there is some risk of infection after surgery. Some common precautions that most eye doctors recommend their patients take to avoid infection and other issues after glaucoma surgery include:
What to expect after glaucoma surgery: successful results?
The vast majority of patients report that their eye pressure has gone down after glaucoma surgery, improving their eye health overall. Additionally, for most patients the need for glaucoma eye drops reduces substantially after the glaucoma eye surgery.
About Dr. Rajesh Mishra (MBBS, MS, FAEH, and PGDHM) is a Glaucoma and Cataract surgeon at Advanced Eye Hospital near Vashi, Navi Mumbai. He is trained from the best institutions and has years of experience managing glaucoma patients. Besides his clinical skills, his patients love him for his communication skills. He is a patient listener and empathises with each and every one. He has successfully treated a variety of glaucoma patients, children and adults, as well as operated more than ten thousand cataracts and glaucoma. Consult Dr. Rajesh Mishra by booking an appointment.
About Advanced Eye Hospital and Institute:
Advanced Eye Hospital and Institute in Navi Mumbai is one of the best eye hospitals in Mumbai. Eye check-up rooms and the operation theatres are state-of-art and equipped with the best diagnostic and surgery machines. Personalised care, infection free modular operation theatres and beautiful ambience compliment the cutting-edge eye care offered at AEHI. Besides treating patients from Kharghar, Nerul, Seawoods, Sanpada, Belapur, Vashi, Ghansoli, Airoli and Panvel, patients from all over western India travel to AEHI for world class eye care management.