If you have glaucoma, a laser trabeculoplasty can be performed to increase drainage and lower the pressure within the eye. This treatment can be used either with or without medication. Laser trabeculoplasty is a virtually pain free, in-office procedure. While it does not cure glaucoma, this treatment often works as well as certain medications, without potential medication-related side effects.
Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty
Augusta Eye MD recently added the Ellex Solo SLT laser to our arsenal of treatment options for Glaucoma. Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty (SLT) selectively targets the melanin cells of the trabecular meshwork to enhance outflow and reduce intraocular pressure. The Ellex Solo SLT Laser is the newest SLT technology available and offers patients a highly effective, non-invasive treatment option for Open Angle Glaucoma. SLT is a pain-free, low-risk, noninvasive outpatient procedure that can help reduce the need for eye drops and help prevent vision loss from glaucoma.
Glaucoma: S.L.T Surgery
Aqueous Tube Shunt
An aqueous tube shunt is a medical valve used in the treatment of glaucoma to decrease pressure within the eye. The device works by redirecting the outflow of fluid in the eye through a small flexible tube.
Express Shunt Trabeculectomy
If you have glaucoma and medication, eye drops, or laser surgery have not been effective in lowering the pressure within your eye, a surgical procedure called “trabeculectomy” may be necessary. This procedure helps to lower pressure by altering the eye’s drainage system.
The Express Shunt is a glaucoma filtration device, about the size of a grain of rice. The device enables the drainage system of the eye, which has been damaged by glaucoma, to be by-passed, so that intraocular pressure can be controlled.
Questions about glaucoma procedures?
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