Glaucoma Surgery
What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings

Glaucoma Surgery Side Effects and Warnings

Written by FoundHealth.

Possible Complications

Complications are rare, but no procedure is completely free of risk. If you are planning to have glaucoma surgery, your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:

  • Sensitivity to light
  • Infection
  • Long-term irritation and inflammation of the eye
  • Bleeding
  • Loss of vision
  • Need for more surgery

Risk factors for complications include, but are not limited to:

  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart and lung disease
  • Bleeding disorders
  • Infection

Call Your Doctor

After arriving home, contact your doctor if any of the following occurs:

  • Sudden and/or severe eye pain
  • Loss of vision or other eyesight changes
  • Signs of infection, including fever and chills
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Redness, swelling, increasing pain, excessive bleeding, or any discharge from the eye
  • Pain that you cannot control with the medicines you have been given
  • Cough, shortness of breath, or chest pain

In case of an emergency, CALL 911.



Posted 5 years ago

I recently had both cataract removal and trabeculectomy done on one eye at the same time and have continued to experience a water-like reflection in my vision. My eye surgeon does not know what is causing this effect. Anyone else have this similar side effect? If so, does it go away in time? Very frustrating!

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Posted 3 years ago

My Aunt had glaucoma surgery five months ago and now sees double out of her right eye. Is that a possible side effect of this kind of surgery?

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