Glaucoma operation price

What is glaucoma, what can happen to me if I have glaucoma, what are the symptoms of glaucoma, how to treat glaucoma in Alicante…? If you read this article, written with the collaboration of the medical director of Oftálica Clínica Oftalmológica de Alicante, Dr. Enrique Chipont, you will get many answers.

Glaucoma,” explains Dr. Chipont, “is one of the major causes of blindness in the world. It is often associated with an increase in ocular pressure, capable of triggering a great visual impairment. In many cases it has no symptoms, but its consequences can be severe and irreversible for vision.

Technically, it is a degenerative disease caused by an increase in ocular pressure or tension inside the eye. This increase in intraocular pressure occurs because the fluid inside the eye (aqueous humor) does not drain properly.

One of the biggest concerns for glaucoma patients is knowing what may happen to them in the future. The medical director of Oftálica Clínica Oftalmológica de Alicante, Dr. Chipont, warns that it is also a disease that seriously affects the retina, which is a thin tissue found at the back of the eye and contains different nerve cells.

What happens after glaucoma surgery?

After glaucoma surgery, it is normal for the eye to be red, sore or watery. A small lump may also be visible where the surgery was performed. This lump, located at the top of the eye, corresponds to the filtering bleb made during surgery and is completely normal.

When should glaucoma surgery be performed?

When is glaucoma surgery performed? It is performed when eye drops and laser have not been enough to lower the intraocular pressure. Thus, a new opening is made so that the aqueous humor can leave the eye.

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How does the eye look after glaucoma surgery?

Appearance of the eye after surgery

The eye will look red and irritated immediately after surgery, and tearing may increase. Fluid inside the eye flows through the hole created in the surgery and forms a small, blister-like bulge called a filtering bleb.

Types of glaucoma surgery

The classic techniques seek an exit route for the aqueous through the formation of a fistula that communicates the intraocular space with the subconjunctival space. Once the aqueous leaves the interior of the eyeball and reaches the subconjunctival space, it is absorbed into the general circulation.

Whatever the case may be, any surgery presents two main risks, infection and bleeding. In glaucoma surgery these complications occur very infrequently. The greatest enemy of glaucoma surgery is scarring. The ability of a healthy body to close wounds causes the fistula created to evacuate the aqueous humor to heal, thus closing the exit we have created. We can say that a healthy body hinders the success of the filtering surgery.

It is essential to check the coagulation status before glaucoma surgery to avoid complications. The rest of the preoperative requirements are the usual ones in an ophthalmic surgery. What is the postoperative period like?

How much does glaucoma surgery cost?

Glaucoma in certain cases can be operated to improve the flow of fluid to the outside of the eye. The surgery is performed by means of laser and varies in cost between 10 and 18 thousand pesos, depending on the type and level of advancement of the glaucoma.

How long is the rest period after eye surgery?

Do not rub your eyes for three weeks after surgery. Avoid getting water or soap in your eyes for three weeks. Wait a few days to a week before driving again, based on your doctor’s advice. Do not wear eye makeup for the first week.

How is ocular tension operated?

The treatment of ocular hypertension, individualized according to each case, can be by means of drugs (different types and combinations of eye drops), laser (trabeculoplasty) or various surgical techniques that seek to achieve an effective reduction of intraocular pressure with the least impact on the patient.

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Glaucoma Trabeculectomy Surgery

This is done by opening a new pathway for the outflow of aqueous humor (filtering procedures), a colorless substance found in the anterior chamber of the eye, whose main function is to oxygenate and nourish the areas of the eyeball that have no blood supply. When the balance between production and reabsorption or drainage of this aqueous humor is not correct, intraocular pressure rises. For this reason, glaucoma surgery is intended to promote this drainage.

The postoperative stage of glaucoma surgery is usually tedious and uncomfortable for the vast majority of patients, since wound healing is different in each case and, for this reason, care must be personalized and based on each person’s history.

In order to achieve a less traumatic postoperative process, many of these techniques provide patients with medical treatments such as anti-scarring substances. The aim is to limit the eye’s ability to seal the fistula that has opened during the operation to ensure proper drainage of the aqueous humor.

How serious is glaucoma?

Glaucoma is a group of diseases that can damage the optic nerve of the eye. This results in some vision loss or blindness. However, if treated early, you can protect your eyes against serious vision loss.

How long does glaucoma take to make you blind?

There are glaucomas that progress so fast that they can end in blindness within 5 years, but Carmen Rodríguez-Bermejo assures that she has been treating patients with this disease for 20 years. But we cannot say that the end of glaucoma will always be to go blind.

What not to do when you have glaucoma?

Maintaining an active and healthy lifestyle is recommended not only to keep the risk of glaucoma away but also to avoid many health problems. Avoid consuming caffeine, alcohol and tobacco, and increase your intake of fruits and vegetables.

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Glaucoma surgery

Iridotomy is usually performed with Nd:YAG laser, after the application of topical anesthetic drops and a contact lens, which is usually well tolerated. Depending on the type of iris it may be necessary to thin it previously with another type of laser (Argon), in order to perforate the iris with the minimum associated inflammation. The procedure is fast. Sometimes one laser impact is enough and in other cases more are needed. Patients on antiplatelet therapy may be more vulnerable to slight bleeding during the procedure, and in some cases the release of pigment during the procedure may cause a slight increase in intraocular pressure. It is therefore advisable to have a post-procedure check-up one week after the procedure and to go for check-ups in case you feel symptoms such as blurred vision, pain or excessive redness that do not subside. I hope this has been helpful.

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