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What complications result from a trabeculectomy?

As with all surgeries, there are risks associated with a trabeculectomy. One of the most common complications is scarring. Other complications include:

  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Wound leakage
  • Over filtration
  • Cataract
  • Loss of vision

Although the success rate is quite high, sometimes a single surgical procedure cannot halt the progression of glaucoma. Another surgery, continued treatment with medications, or both may be necessary.

An eye that has undergone a trabeculectomy and has a functioning bleb will always be susceptible to infection. A red, uncomfortable eye may be a sign of infection and requires urgent medical attention.

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