Glaucoma Surgery

"The most important thing in detecting glaucoma is to measure your eye pressure periodically".

DR. JAVIER MORENO MONTAÑÉS
SPECIALIST. OPHTHALMOLOGY DEPARTMENT

Glaucoma is a progressive optical neuropathy, resulting from an increase in eye pressure, which produces a loss of the visual field and can even lead to blindness.

Surgical intervention is considered when the patient has intolerance to medical treatment or it is insufficient to prevent glaucoma progression.

There are different techniques for treating this eye pathology surgically, and it is up to the ophthalmologist to recommend the most appropriate one for each case.

The most commonly used procedure is called trabeculectomy, which may or may not be perforating. This operation consists of looking for a new exit of aqueous humor from the eye to the outside.

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When is glaucoma surgery indicated?

Surgical intervention is considered when the patient has intolerance to medical treatment or it is insufficient to prevent glaucoma progression.

There are different techniques for treating this eye pathology surgically, and it is up to the ophthalmologist to recommend the most appropriate one for each case.

Most frequent indications:

  • Glaucoma

Have you been diagnosed with glaucoma?

Surgical treatment may be necessary

How is glaucoma surgery performed?

The most commonly used procedure is called trabeculectomy, which may or may not be perforating.

It consists in finding a new exit to the outside for the liquid located in front of the eye's lens, called aqueous humor.

The procedure lasts about 30 minutes and can be performed under topical anesthesia, administered in drops.

The laser trabeculoplasty is an outpatient treatment that is performed in consultation in a few minutes. It is only useful in older patients and, in many cases, its effect disappears after a while.

Diod laser cyclophotocoagulation is only useful in very advanced glaucoma.

During the first weeks after the operation, the patient should avoid physical efforts and an anti-inflammatory eye drop should be applied to the operated eye.

The patient will also visit the ophthalmologist frequently to check that the exit of the aqueous humor is correctly carried out by the new route and that the eye pressure has been normalized.

With the techniques currently used, complications are rare and can be resolved in the first few days after surgery.

The most serious consequence is the loss of the effect of the trabeculectomy, which involves maintaining intraocular pressure at high levels.

Where do we do it?

IN NAVARRA AND MADRID

OUR MEDICAL TEAM
Specialists of the Department of Ophthalmology

Equipped with the latest technology, the Department of Ophthalmology has the necessary equipment, both technical and human, to offer comprehensive and specific assistance to each patient.

We are one of the few centers that have a microsurgery laboratory for the improvement of clinical practice.

Organized in specialized units

  • Cornea and eye surface
  • Retina
  • General Ophthalmology
  • Refraction defects
  • Oculoplastic
  • Pediatric ophthalmology
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Why at the Clinica?

  • More than 25 years of experience.
  • Experts in the diagnosis and treatment of ocular pathologies.
  • With the security and guarantee of a prestigious hospital.

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