If glaucoma is progressing, despite aggressive management with medications and/or laser procedures, it may be necessary to perform a trabeculectomy to lower the eye pressure and stop the progression of glaucoma.
Trabeculectomy is an incisional surgical procedure performed to lower intraocular pressure (eye pressure). By making a small hole in top of the eye and covering the hole with a thin flap of the eye wall (called the sclera), it allows fluid inside the eye to drain into a pocket of tissue (called the bleb) that is located just under the eyelid. Once the fluid drains into the pocket of tissue, it will form a small water blister above the eye that must be protected and monitored by an eye doctor that is familiar with the surgical procedure.
Although this procedure will not restore or improve the vision already lost from glaucoma, it will reduce the pressure in your eye and prevent further vision loss.
The surgery is usually done on an outpatient basis and patients are able to go home directly following their procedure.
Vision Loss Can Be Prevented
Regular eye exams may help prevent vision loss. Contact us to schedule your glaucoma exam with our glaucoma specialist Dr. Scott Piette by using our online form or by calling one of our offices in Hagerstown, Chambersburg, or Waynesboro.