Other Surgical Glaucoma Treatments
Trabeculectomy with Mitomycin C– in this conventional surgery technique a tiny drainage hole is made in the white portion of the eye (sclera) to facilitate drainage of eye fluid. This is typically an outpatient procedure with local anesthetics and IV sedation. Activity is limited for approximately one to two weeks after the procedure and vision changes may be present up to 3 months. Success rates range from 70-90 percent one year after trabeculectomy.
Ex-Press Mini Shunt – This stainless steel filtration device is placed during a procedure similar to trabeculectomy and helps maintain intraocular pressure by controlling the fluid flow out of the eye.
Aqueous Shunts – An implant used to keep the drainage hole created in the sclera during glaucoma surgery from closing as it heals. Often used in complicated glaucoma cases such as glaucoma due to trauma or congenital glaucoma or when previous surgeries have failed.
Today, there are many innovative, technologically advanced surgical approaches being used in the treatment of glaucoma. Your ophthalmologist can fully explain the risks and benefits of each procedure and whether or not one is right for you.