Postoperative management of trabeculectomy and glaucoma drainage implant surgery

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Purpose of review This article describes important aspects of postoperative management after trabeculectomy and glaucoma drainage implant surgery. Recent findings Postoperative management of glaucoma drainage implant surgery includes stabilization of intraocular pressure, possible ligature release, and management of complications such as corneal edema, and tube/plate exposure. Postoperative management of trabeculectomy includes evaluation of bleb encapsulation, management of hypotony, and assessment of need for adjuvant therapy. Recent advances in surgical techniques, device/tissue availability, and imaging continue to shape the postoperative course. Summary Careful preoperative planning and postoperative care may decrease the likelihood of complications in tube surgery or trabeculectomy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)170-176
Number of pages7
JournalCurrent Opinion in Ophthalmology
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2016


  • aqueous shunt
  • complication
  • glaucoma drainage implant
  • management
  • trabeculectomy


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