I have open angle glaucoma. The Dr. wants to do trabeculoplasty surgery

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I would like some feedback on the trabeculoplasty surgery is the right procedure for me. Has anyone already had this surgery? Was it successful?

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    I had a Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty done some years ago to reduce the pressure.    It wasn't painful, and it only took a few minutes, although I had to wait over an hour for the pre-suregy drops to work.   It was not successful as far as the pressure was concerned, but it did me no harm, and the pressure has been successfully controlled by drops ever since.      What I did notice was that the distance vision in that eye actually improved, and has remained excellent, although they assure me that it had nothing to do with the SLT.  But even if it is successful, I believe it is not permanent, and any improvement wears off after a couple of years anyway.      It is recognised that it is not really invasive, and even if it doesn't work, you are no worse off.  After they did it, they did not even cover it up!    

     

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    I have much  the same comment as Alcantara.  I have had glaucoma since I was 30 and am now 77. I have almost no optic nerve damage.  If you trust your physician follow his/her recommendations has been my view and practice. This is a common procedure with little risk. We need all the help we can get if we live a long time with this.  I wish you well. Marion
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    There are some new procedures on the horizon to treat glaucoma. The best one yet are hair thin stents that are inserted in the IOP ducts to help drainage. They are supposed to be permanent. The entire painless procedure takes 15 minutes and the patient goes home immediately. It has received FDA approval and is currently being done at Mount Sinai Hospital Opthalmology Center in New York.
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