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What To Expect During The Glaucoma Surgery Recovery Period

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It is time to have surgery when glaucoma medications stop working to stabilize your eye pressure. Surgery stabilizes the pressure in your eyes and prevents future vision damage.  

You aren't alone if you've been putting off surgery because you are concerned about the recovery period after the glaucoma procedure. Many patients fear eye surgery. However, the reality is that the recovery period after this type of surgery is relatively short, and the discomfort is mild. And, in the end, these inconveniences are well worth stabilizing your vision. Since many people fear what they don't yet understand, here's what you can expect after having glaucoma surgery:

Minor Discomfort and Physical Restrictions

Unlike most surgical procedures, the glaucoma surgery recovery period generally only involves minor discomfort and some basic physical restrictions. Most often, the discomfort after glaucoma surgery is

  • blurry vision
  • swelling
  • redness
  • irritation
  • itchy eyes

In addition, excessive tear production is very common because your eyes are irritated. The irritation makes your eyes water in an attempt to lessen it.

To reduce post-surgical discomfort and ensure surgical success, your eye surgeon will give you a list of physical restrictions after surgery. The most common restrictions include avoiding bending over, strenuous activity, and heavy lifting.

No Driving for a Couple of Weeks

Many eye surgery patients agree it is irritating that they cannot drive for a couple of weeks post-procedure. Since your vision will be blurry and you need optimal vision to drive safely, you will not be able to drive for at least a couple of weeks after your glaucoma surgery.

Rather than being frustrated that you can't drive, make arrangements ahead of time to get to your follow-up appointments and anywhere else you think you might need to go. Stock up your pantry before your surgery to give yourself plenty of time to be at home and resting. 

Know the Complications to Watch For

While glaucoma surgery is generally safe and effective, some rare complications require emergency medical treatment. For example, if you suddenly lose all of your vision, this is an emergency complication that needs immediate attention from your eye surgeon.

Finally, it is essential to remember that complications from this type of surgery are rare and that the benefit of retaining your vision far outweighs the complication risk for most patients. If you are concerned about complications, make sure you discuss the topic with your eye surgeon. 

Contact a local eye doctor to learn more about glaucoma surgery.