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Traditional glaucoma surgeries are used when eye drops, pills, or lasers fail to control intraocular pressure. These surgeries are more invasive and involved than our minimally invasive glaucoma surgery techniques, so they are reserved for patients with moderate to advanced glaucoma who are at high risk of vision loss from glaucoma. Because these surgeries are more involved, a longer recovery should be expected. These surgeries are highly effective at reducing intraocular pressure.
Trabeculectomy involves creating a new drainage system without using implants or devices. Your surgeon will create a new drainage system that bypasses the trabecular meshwork to reduce the pressure in the eye. A trabeculectomy aims to form a bleb (like a blister) where fluid can drain and then be absorbed by the body. The body’s natural response is to scar down the bleb, so your surgeon may use mitomycin C or 5-Flurouracil during the procedure to improve your chances of success.