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A 58-year-old female asked:

84-year old mother may need glaucoma surgery. could it make her vision worse or would she go blind w/o surgery. what is success rate?

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Dr. David Chandler
Ophthalmology 33 years experience
All surgery has risk: There are many procedures for glaucoma. Laser procedures such as slt and iridotomy are very low risk, but there is always some risk to any procedure so this should be carefully discussed with the surgeon. Operating room procedures for glaucoma are usually done only after medical treatment fails or is inadequate, so there is also substantial risk to the vision not to proceed with the procedure.
Dr. Paul Griggs
Ophthalmology 36 years experience
Discuss with surgeon: This should be discussed in detail with the provider that mentioned the possibility of surgery.
Dr. Mitchell Vogel
Ophthalmology 30 years experience
It depends on the type of surgery and your mothers level of glaucoma. Please seek out a second opinion for her surgery from a glaucoma specialist.
Mar 27, 2013

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