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Find out about how deep sclerectomy can be used to treat glaucoma, and what to expect from your recovery
Laser treatment may be suitable for you, but often the condition comes back. Laser treatment can result in the development of cataracts, but a deep sclerectomy lasts longer and carries a lower risk of cataracts.
If you don’t have glaucoma treatment, your optic nerve will become increasingly damaged. If you leave it untreated you are likely to lose vision in your eye. The results of a deep sclerectomy will not improve your vision but may stop it getting worse.
They will then secure the area with tiny stitches and cover the membrane with the conjunctiva, which is the transparent tissue on the eye.
Recovery varies between patients, but you should be able to continue with your usual daily activities quite soon. Your vision might be blurry for up to six weeks after surgery, and it’s recommended that you avoid strenuous activity, eye make-up, swimming and contact sports during healing.
It is important to attend your follow-up appointments so your Consultant can monitor your recovery.
As with any eye operation, there is the possibility of reduced vision as a result. This is not desired, of course, but uncontrolled glaucoma can lead to reduction in vision. The decision to carry out a deep sclerectomy is always a balance of risk versus benefit for the individual patient.