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Laser Surgery for Glaucoma


Laser surgery for glaucoma is a procedure to open your eye drainage system, or create a new drainage system. Glaucoma is caused by fluid buildup behind the eye. This surgery helps decrease eye pressure and slow or prevent further damage and vision loss. You may have surgery on one or both eyes.



  • Eye drops or ointment: These help decrease redness, pain, and swelling. They also help decrease eye pressure and help your eye heal.
  • Antibiotics: These help fight or prevent an infection caused by bacteria.
  • Take your medicine as directed. Contact your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him or her if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.

Follow up with your healthcare provider or ophthalmologist as directed:

You will need to return to have your eye checked. Bring your eyedrops and other medicines with you. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Care for your eye:

  • Do not rub your eye.
  • Do not wear eye makeup for 1 week after your surgery.
  • Ask when you can remove the eye patch.
  • Wash your hands carefully before you touch your eye or use eyedrops. Do not let the tip of the eyedropper touch your eye or eyelid.
  • Wear sunglasses during the day to protect your eye.
  • Do not get in swimming pools or hot tubs until your healthcare provider says it is okay.
  • Do not bend over at the waist for 1 to 2 days after surgery.
  • Try to sneeze or cough gently.

Medical alert identification:

Wear medical alert jewelry or carry a card that says you have glaucoma. Ask where to get these items.

Contact your healthcare provider or ophthalmologist if:

  • You have a fever.
  • Your eye is red, swollen, and draining pus.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Seek care immediately or call 911 if:

  • You have severe eye pain.
  • Your vision suddenly becomes worse.
  • You cannot see at all.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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