Frequently-asked questions about Trabectome surgery


What do I need to do before surgery?
Your physician will give you pre-surgery information in general surgical preparation similar to cataract surgery.

What type of anesthesia is used?
The surgery is usually performed under local anesthesia (numbing of the eye). Alternatively, you can be put to sleep for the surgery. After surgery most over-the-counter pain relief medications are sufficient to take care of any discomfort you may experience.

What is the recovery time?
Recovery back to pre-operative vision may take several days to allow healing of the small amount of bleeding that normally occurs after the operation. Your eye will be patched for a few hours after the surgery.

What are the risks?
The general risks of this surgery are similar to other eye surgeries. They include mild discomfort from a stitch in the cornea, possible additional bleeding inside the eye with delay in vision return, and a very small risk of infection or loss of vision. You may be asked to use eye drops for a few days after surgery. Your ophthalmologist will discuss remedies for any discomfort you may experience.

What kind of post-operative check-ups will be necessary?
Normally, you will be examined by your ophthalmologist at day 1, then 7 days, and 14 days after surgery. Your eye health will be monitored at regular intervals, up to a year from the date of your Trabectome procedure.