Glaucoma surgery refers to many different types of procedures. Most glaucoma specialists reserve the term "surgery"f or a procedure that is done in the operating room. Like all treatments, the goal of glaucoma surgery is to LOWER EYE PRESSURE and slow down disease progression. It will not reverse any vision loss that has already occurred.
MINIMALLY INVASIVE GLAUCOMA SURGERY (MIGS)
The OMNI® surgical system is a surgical procedure that opens up the trabecular meshwork ("DRAIN OF THE EYE") to help lower eye pressure.
Dr. Gupta believes this procedure is effective in all stages of glaucoma (mid to severe). She performs this surgery most often with cataract surgery but it is also FDA approved to be done on its own in place of filtering surgery.
Depending on your situation, Dr. Gupta may choose to combine this procedure with the iStent® or Hydrus® microstent.
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"Traditional" glaucoma surgery typically performed in advanced glaucoma or rapidly progressing glaucoma when eye drops are not enough in lowering eye pressure.
The surgery involves creating a a flap or "trapdoor" through which fluid from the front of the eye bypasses the natural drain of the eye to lower pressure.
Follow up appointments after a trabeculectomy are typically every week for the first 6-8 weeks.