Glaucoma Surgery

(Trabeculectomy)

Summary

Any damage to your vision caused by glaucoma can’t be repaired so it’s important to get an early diagnosis and treatment to prevent further damage. Glaucoma is a condition that causes damage to your eye’s optic nerve and gets worse over time. It’s often associated with a build-up of pressure inside the eye. Glaucoma tends to be inherited and may not show up until later in life.

The increased pressure, called intraocular pressure, can damage the optic nerve, which transmits images to the brain. If damage to the optic nerve from high eye pressure continues, glaucoma will cause permanent loss of vision. Without treatment, glaucoma can cause total permanent blindness within a few years. Because most people with glaucoma have no early symptoms or pain from this increased pressure, it is important to see your eye doctor regularly so that glaucoma can be diagnosed and treated before long-term visual loss occurs.

If you are over age 40 and have a family history of glaucoma, you should have a complete eye exam with an eye doctor every year. If you have health problems such as diabetes or a family history of glaucoma or are at risk for other eye diseases, you may need to visit your eye doctor more frequently.

  • Arranging your Treatment

    Before going ahead with this treatment, you will need to have an initial consultation with a specialist Consultant to go through your medical history and diagnosis. At this appointment, your consultant will confirm the exact treatment you require.

    If you would like to have an initial consultation, you can call us and we can help you find the best consultant for you to see.

    For more information, call our Reservations team on +44 (0) 1622 237 727 or email reservations@kims.org.uk.

  • Paying for your Treatment

    You can be treated at KIMS by using your private medical insurance or by paying for yourself.

    If you have private medical insurance, you will need to contact your insurer to ensure you are covered for the initial consultation prior to making an appointment and obtain an authorisation number. The insurance company will then need to be advised if you require further treatment. The insurance company usually settles bills on your behalf.

    If you are paying for your own treatment, you will need to pay for an initial consultation. This will be confirmed at the time of booking but is typically £150-£250. You will also need to pay for any associated diagnostic tests your consultant recommends (for example x-rays and blood tests).

    Following this consultation, if you don’t need any further treatment or if you decide paying for yourself isn’t the right option, there is no commitment to proceed further.

    If you require the operation or procedure to be carried out, you will receive a quote for your treatment. This quote is also subject to pre-assessment checks prior to your admission to hospital.

    Payment is required 7 days prior to admission.

Trabeculectomy is the most common surgical procedure used to treat glaucoma. It is carried out under local anaesthetic in the minor operations theatre. The local anaesthetic is an injection beside the eye, which is given a few minutes before the start of the operation. This makes the eye numb, and usually blurred as well.

The operation is performed with the patient lying on their back. A paper drape is placed over the face, with fresh air piped beneath it. A clip is used to keep the eye open. You may see light and shadow, but will not see the surgery happening. It usually takes between 40 and 80 minutes to complete the operation, and at the end a patch is taped over the eye, which is left on until the next day. It is common for the eye that has had the surgery to be quite blurred for a few weeks, sometimes longer. There is no need to change your glasses straight away, but some patients will benefit from updating their glasses sooner than they normally would, though it’s best to wait for three months while things settle.

Trabeculectomies are used to treat open-angle glaucoma and chronic closed-angle glaucoma  and is usually done when medicine or laser treatment or both have failed to reduce the pressure in the eyes enough to prevent damage to a person’s eyesight.

To find out more

If you would like to come to KIMS contact our Reservations team on +44 (0)1622 237 727 or email reservations@kims.org.uk

 

Our Consultants

  • Mr Syed Taseer Hasan

    MB BS FRCS ED (Ophthalmology)

    • Cataract Surgery
    • Glaucoma Surgery
    • Squint Correction Surgery
  • Mr Christopher Jenkins

    MRCP FRCS FRCOpth

    • Cataract Surgery
    • Glaucoma Surgery