Surgery is an option when medicines and/or laser treatment have failed to adequately lower pressure in the eye. The most common of these operations is called a trabeculectomy. In this procedure, the surgeon removes a small section of the trabecular meshwork. This allows the aqueous humor to drain more easily, reducing the pressure in the eye. Patients usually leave the hospital on the day of the surgery and are followed up closely in a practice after the operation. It is important to note that your eyes may not have their normal visual acuity for several weeks following this procedure.
Although trabeculectomy is a relatively safe surgical procedure, about one-third of patients develop cataracts within five years after surgery.
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