Mr Akash Raj MBBS & MD (AIIMS), MRCS, DRCOphth, FRCS, FRCOphth, PG Dip (Distinction) Consultant Ophthalmologist, Glaucoma specialist and Cataract surgeon, Birmingham, Dudley, Midlands, UK
Mr Akash Raj MBBS & MD (AIIMS), MRCS, DRCOphth, FRCS, FRCOphth, PG Dip (Distinction)Consultant Ophthalmologist, Glaucoma specialist and Cataract surgeon, Birmingham, Dudley, Midlands, UK 

Can I swim or wear contact lenses after Glaucoma surgery?

There are long-term implications of having a trabeculectomy or a tube surgery bleb (the raised area of conjunctiva where the drainage occurs) around the eye. With the use of anti-scarring agents the bleb area is liable to be quite thin at times and if there is a leak from the bleb, the eye pressure may become too low. In addition, the bleb leak can increase the risk of infection in the eye.


 An infection in an eye with previous glaucoma surgery can be serious because of the surgical hole in the sclera may allow a direct access by the offending bug to the inside of the eye. Such intraocular infection can seriously compromise the vision and even integrity of the eye itself. Therefore, any symptoms of infection in such eyes such as pain, decreased vision, redness, and purulent discharge, should be reported and examined urgently. Please call your local eye emergency unit.


This may occur even years after the surgery. For this reason, post-glaucoma surgery patients are encouraged to always wear goggles during swimming and avoid swimming in unclean waters. They

are also discouraged from wearing contact lenses in order to decrease the possibility of a bleb infection (called blebitis or bleb-associated endophthalmitis).

Private & NHS patients

How to see Mr Raj

For private patients & referrals


Mr Akash Raj 

Consultant Ophthalmologist, Glaucoma specialist & Cataract surgeon


Stourside Hospital (part of West midland Hospital)

60 Bradley Road



01384 505 183


(Alternate Thursday PM)



01384 632 640


Private Secretary: Liz Carter : 01384 632 636 






Mr Akash Raj

Consultant Ophthalmologist, Glaucoma & Cataract specialist


BMI The Priory Hospital, Edgbaston

(Thursday PM)
Priory Rd, Birmingham, West Midlands
B5 7UG
0121 446 1638
(Consultation by appointment only)
Private Secretary:
Liz Carter
Direct Line: 01384632636 




For NHS Referrals through GP/Opticians


Mr Akash Raj

Consultant Ophthalmologist (Glaucoma Lead)


Russells Hall Hospital

Pensnett Road


West Midlands



Phone: 01384456111

Extn. 5815 (NHS Secretary: Lyn Eaton)



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