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I've been offered trabelectomy next week, cancelled appointment, I was on a waiting list I'm 39 and have advanced glaucoma in one eye that is slowly progressing so am a bit stuck for options my eye specialist seemed reluctant to put me on the waiting list but only other option was trying a SLT again which he also wasn't keen about with my condition but didn't give me any other options. I am really scared of having it done because of the complications involved due to age and the fact I have a young family kids and a baby which out me at risk of getting whacked in the eye and contracting an infection etc. Has anyone else had experience of trabelectomy at a young age, were there any serious complications? Or even any other effective options that could be considered? Privately or on the NHS? Please help!

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    I have posted a link, you may have already investigated it, it is waiting to be moderated. I will send you a pm

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    Hi. I had a trabeculectomy 2 years ago. I was 50 at the time. I opted for general anaesthetic as I suffer with anxiety. I didn't have any problems afterwards, there were a few things I couldn't do and had to get family to help me with - bending and lifting being the main ones oh and hair washing!!!. I was given the go ahead to drive after the 3 month eye check that dvla requested. I have had no problem in the 2 years since the op and I wouldn't hesitate to have the other eye done if needed.

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    Hi Phil,

    My ex-partner had a trabeculectomy at the age of 60. She had no problems at all, no infection, nothing. They cut a small "cat-flap" in the top of the eye to release the pressure then sewed the flap partially closed with a stitch on both sides of the flap. When her eye pressure was still too high they took out one of the stitches. All is well now. Eye pressures are fine and the glaucoma has stabilised over the last four years. All this was done at Hinchingbrooke Hospital, near Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, who I gather are second only to Moorfields Hospital in London.

    I realise that the age is not what you are looking for but I thought I'd let you know anyway.

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