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Question:
What is your opinion of the Trabectome surgical device for the treatment of open-angle glaucoma?

Answer:
There are many newer surgical approaches that are being evaluated for the treatment of glaucoma, some of which have been approved for use in the United States. The Trabectome is one of the approved methods in the United States. Unfortunately, both with established and newer surgical methods there are always some associated risks and variation in benefits to individual patients. With that in mind, many factors have to be considered by your ophthalmologist—your Eye M.D.—when determining the best treatment, including the type of glaucoma, the state of the disease, and the ocular anatomy, in addition to general health considerations. What is most important is that you work closely with your ophthalmologist to make sure that your glaucoma is appropriately managed, as untreated glaucoma can lead to permanent vision loss.

Answered by: Andrew Iwach, MD Dr. Andrew Iwach 

Categories: Glaucoma, Eye Surgery

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Answered: Jun 03, 2013

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