Trabectome is a form of Microinvasive Glaucoma Surgery (MIGS) that helps the eye’s fluid drainage system work properly again. The technique is designed to improve the balance of fluid production and drainage to ultimately restore a healthy eye pressure. If you suffer from glaucoma, Trabectome can help stabilize your condition by controlling the health of your optic nerve. Dr. Constance O. Okeke is the first certified Trabectome surgeon in Hampton Roads, making Virginia Eye Consultants the only practice in the area to offer this advanced glaucoma treatment.
The Trabectome process involves three steps to remove blockage in your fluid outflow system. A small incision is first made across the affected eye. Through this opening, an electrosurgical pulse is directed at the drainage openings to remove diseased tissue that is causing the fluid buildup. Following this step, a saline solution is used to gently wash the eye and remove the loosened tissue debris. The Trabectome is performed as an outpatient procedure and typically takes no more than 30 minutes to complete.
Benefits of Trabectome
Trabectome offers significant advantages for those suffering from glaucoma. Those who choose to undergo the MIGS procedure can experience the following benefits:
- Improves the eye’s balance of fluid production and outflow
- Relatively safe procedure
- Less invasive alternative to traditional treatments
- Can be combined with cataract surgery
- Effective method of controlling vision loss from glaucoma
Combining Glaucoma and Cataract Surgery
In many cases, we are able to combine the Trabectome glaucoma treatment with laser cataract surgery. The benefits of combining both procedures into one surgical procedure allows for more precision, improves the eye’s ability to heal, increases efficiency of the process, and enhances overall quality of treatment.
Contact Virginia Eye Consultants
If you have glaucoma, ask your eye doctor if Trabectome is right for you. To schedule your consultation with one of our eye surgeons in Virginia Beach and learn about your treatment options, please contact us today.