Surgeon performs a trabeculectomy on a patient

Surgeon performs a trabeculectomy on a patient

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Caption: Trabeculectomy. Surgeon performs a trabeculectomy, an operation to reduce press- ure in the eye of a patient with glaucoma. The surgeon is using surgical forceps & watching the procedure using a binocular microscope. Glaucoma is caused by fluid build up in the eyeball. A trabeculectomy creates an outlet for this fluid, thus reducing pressure. The mucous membrane covering the front of the eyeball (the conjunctiva) is opened and a half thickness of the white of the eye (the sclera) is cut and folded forward. A connection is made into the front chamber of the eye to act as a fluid outlet. The flap is sutured shut & conjunctiva replaced.

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Keywords: eye, eye surgery, glaucoma, healthcare, medical, medicine, microsurgery, surgery, surgical, surgical control of, suture, trabeculect, trabeculectomy, treatment

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