Glaucoma Surgery: Which Eye First
Many people with glaucoma need surgery on both eyes. Because vision may be worse right after surgery or complications may develop, both eyes are not operated on at the same time. The following are guidelines that ophthalmologists use to determine which eye needs to be operated on first.
In most cases, the eye with greater vision loss and more advanced glaucoma is treated first.
Occasionally it is better to do surgery on the best eye first. The best eye may be operated on first if:
The second eye is operated on as soon as the doctor and the person can tell how well surgery on the first eye worked. The time between surgeries varies with the type of surgery done.
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