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Eye Health

19 August 2011

Severe vision loss

More than half of patients who have a trabeculectomy for glaucoma may suffer from temporary, sometimes severe vision loss afterward, suggests a new study.

More than half of patients who have a trabeculectomy for glaucoma may suffer from temporary, sometimes severe vision loss afterward, suggests a new study. A smaller proportion, about 8%, could have some degree of permanent vision loss, researchers found.

The procedure, also called glaucoma filtration surgery, involves creation of a small hole toward the front of the eye to drain out extra fluid, which is eventually absorbed by the bloodstream.

 

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