What to Expect After Glaucoma Surgery?
Glaucoma occurs in millions of Americans and is a progressive eye disease that can cause partial or total blindness if not treated in time. Thanks to medical advancements in glaucoma research, the number of blindness cases has gone down by 50%, according to a study published by the American Academy of Ophthalmology. At Ophthalmology Associates of the Valley (OAV) in Los Angeles, CA, we provide yearly eye exams, diagnostic testing, and procedures to treat glaucoma symptoms. Whether you choose minimally invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS) or glaucoma laser treatment, you may wonder about what to expect after the procedures. Our blog provides information about some of the most common questions. Additionally, we will answer any questions that you may have at your consultation or over the phone.
What is glaucoma?
Glaucoma can impact patients of different age groups and is the leading cause of blindness or vision loss in the United States. Caused by increased pressure on the optic nerve, glaucoma has associated risk factors that may increase your chances of developing it, including
- Health conditions, like diabetes
- Eye trauma
- Patients of African descent
At first, this disease exhibits no symptoms, and it is often known as the “silent thief” of eyesight. To avoid the adverse effects of glaucoma, you should attend yearly eye exams. During the exam, we will assess the health of your optic nerve to ensure you do not have issues. If you do, we have a better chance of treating the condition in the early stages and reducing visual impairment.
What to expect after glaucoma surgery?
We offer various treatments, including minimally invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS), glaucoma laser treatment, and glaucoma surgery. Our Los Angeles, CA ophthalmologists at Ophthalmology Associates of the Valley (OAV) try more conservative options first. Depending on the severity of your glaucoma, we will select the best treatment options for you. Each procedure has a variety of benefits and may require some recovery time. Additionally, you may experience minimal and temporary glaucoma surgery side effects. For the first few days or six weeks, you may have blurry vision, swelling, redness, or watery eyes.
We will also provide detailed aftercare directions. To help with healing, you should closely follow your doctor's aftercare instructions and take certain precautions after glaucoma surgery. You will need to:
- avoid driving for about a week
- take time for rest and recovery
- administer eye drops
- practice good handwashing techniques
- wear protective eyewear, like sunglasses, to shield your sensitive eyes
- stop using steroids
If you notice any adverse side effects, such as headaches, fever, eye discharge, or nausea, please call us as soon as possible. These symptoms could indicate an infection.
Schedule a yearly eye exam or consultation for glaucoma surgery
With locations in Encino, CA and West Hills, CA, our ophthalmologists at Ophthalmology Associates of the Valley (OAV) are experts on glaucoma procedures and diagnostic techniques. We highly recommend scheduling a yearly eye exam to assess the health of your optic nerve. If you have started to experience symptoms, like diminished peripheral vision, pain in your eye, stomach issues, or vision halos, please call us right away. Early detection is essential for preventing further vision loss. Our team looks forward to meeting with you and protecting your vision and eye health.