Trabectome: Treating Glaucoma with Cutting Edge Technology

May 9, 2013


Glaucoma is the name given for not one, but a group of eye diseases that occurs when high fluid pressure builds in the eye and presses against the optic nerve. Glaucoma is caused by a blocked drainage system, which increases the eye pressure. It is so serious and so prevalent that it is the second leading cause of blindness in the United States, affecting close to 3 million Americans.

The most common type of glaucoma is a gradual and progressive condition that slowly damages the optic nerve. The optic nerve is a vital structure in the eye that sends visual information to the brain and makes eyesight possible.

Though there is no cure for glaucoma, there are several effective treatments available from glaucoma specialists that can slow progression significantly as well as prevent blindness.

Specifically, the new breakthrough Trabectome System procedure is a minimally invasive procedure that takes about 20 minutes and works to improve natural fluid drainage from the eye, balance intraocular pressure (IOP) and stabilize vision.


Dr. Gurpreet Singh is one of a few select doctors in the entire Houston region that performs this groundbreaking procedure for glaucoma.


Trabectome is an outpatient procedure, so patients are able to return home right after surgery is completed. Patient’s eyes are shielded for just a few hours following surgery, and normal daily activities can usually be resumed 24 hours following surgery.

Trabectome is a remarkable new surgical treatment for glaucoma that makes just micro incision that is so minimally invasive, it has an extremely low risk of adverse events. Yet, it is able to achieve a significant drop in intraocular pressure (33%).

The procedure is performed by itself, but it is also performed in conjunction with cataract surgery when patients have both cataracts and glaucoma. With an electrosurgical pulse, the Trabectome instrument tip surgically removes a small strip of diseased tissue, which then gently unclogs the natural drainage channels of the eye as well as lowers the pressure. Trabectome requires very little sedation, and patients generally recover fully within one week.

Benefits of Trabectome surgery include its low complication rate and rapid recovery; and, while being simpler than traditional glaucoma surgery, it is easily combined with cataract surgery.


Not all those who suffer from glaucoma are suitable for Trabectome surgery. This particular procedure is more effective in the early to moderate stages of glaucoma; and, is most effective in patients who have already undergone cataract surgery as well as when paired with cataract surgery. Patients having cataract surgery and choose to have the Trabectome procedure at the same time tend to add an average of 10-15 minutes to the total procedure time.


No major risks for the Trabectome procedure in appropriate candidates have been reported. There are, however, general risks similar to other with any eye surgery.


Engineered and manufactured in the United States, the Trabectome System is made in a facility comprised of the highest quality output. The Trabectome System is mandated to meet the exacting standards of the few Trabectome surgeons in the country, like Dr. Singh.

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