Trabeculectomy in Napa, CA

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What are the Benefits of a Trabeculectomy?

The main goal of a trabeculectomy is to prevent further vision loss in individuals suffering from glaucoma by lowering IOP. Some of the other benefits of this procedure can include:

  • Aiding in preserving residual vision
  • Reducing pain in the affected eye
  • Reducing the need for medication to manage the condition

If you have further questions about how a trabeculectomy can benefit you, please reach out to our team to request a consultation.

What is a Trabeculectomy?

Glaucoma, a disease where fluid buildup in the eye causes damage to the eye's optic nerve, is one of the top causes of vision loss among persons 60 years of age and older. Vision loss caused by glaucoma is irreversible, but surgeries and treatments can help slow or stop the disease's progression. At Precision Surgery Center of Napa Valley, we offer multiple surgical treatments for glaucoma, including trabeculectomy, which treats glaucoma by lowering eye pressure or intraocular pressure (IOP). This is accomplished by creating a small hole in the sclera, or outer wall of the eye, and a little pocket called a filtration bleb through which the fluid causing the pressure buildup can escape and drain. To discuss this procedure and other means of treating glaucoma, schedule a consultation with an ophthalmologist at our practice in Napa, CA.

Who is a candidate for Trabeculectomy?

To qualify for a trabeculectomy in Napa, CA, patients typically have an intraocular pressure that has been unresponsive to other treatments such as prescription eye drops or medications. After a trabeculectomy, some patients are able to have a normal range of eye pressure without taking medication. Other patients will be able to control their eye pressure better with medication after the surgery is complete. Patients with severe glaucoma who have already had one or more eye surgeries will likely need a different treatment approach than the trabeculectomy. If you have glaucoma, your ophthalmologist will discuss all your options for treatment with you.

What can I expect during a Trabeculectomy?

Our state-of-the-art surgical center performs both traditional and selective laser trabeculectomies. Surgery would be performed under local or general anesthesia. After your eye is numbed, you would be fitted with a device to keep the eye open. Your trabeculectomy procedure should last around 45 – 60 minutes, and directly following the procedure, your eye will be patched to allow for healing before your post-surgery follow-up appointments. Your ophthalmologist at Precision Surgery Center of Napa Valley will discuss your aftercare plan with you and closely monitor your healing progress. Vision may appear blurry after surgery, and it may take up to 12 weeks before your vision returns to normal.

Trabeculectomy FAQ

How long does a trabeculectomy take?

The surgery can typically be completed in around one hour. Once completed, you will have to attend follow-up appointments with your surgical team.

Is a trabeculectomy painful?

Your eyes will be numbed so that you experience minimal discomfort during the procedure. Following surgery, you may have a scratchy, foreign-body sensation in your eye. If you experience more pain, then please contact our facility right away.

How long does it take to recover from a trabeculectomy?

Recovery from a trabeculectomy can last anywhere from 2 - 6 weeks. Please remember to follow all aftercare instructions from your surgical team to ensure your recovery is smooth.

How successful is a trabeculectomy?

The trabeculectomy has a very high success rate long-term. In the event your eye pressure continues to pose a problem after surgery, your opthalmologist will discuss further options with you.

Hope for Patients with Glaucoma

If you have been diagnosed with glaucoma and other glaucoma treatment options have not been effective for you, then a trabeculectomy may be the answer to lowering your intraocular pressure and slowing the progression of the disease. Talk to one of our experienced ophthalmologists at Precision Surgery Center of Napa Valley in Napa, CA to determine what your options are.

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