There is no cure for glaucoma, but there are treatments that can help control your eye pressure. At Azul Vision, we offer many treatment options. The severity of your condition will dictate which type of treatment option is best for you. Many patients are able to control their eye pressure through medicated eye drops or oral medications. These will typically be the first line of treatment.
However, if those are unsuccessful, we may recommend a Minimally-Invasive Glaucoma Surgery (MIGS) technique to lower eye pressure.
There are many different types of MIGS procedures available today. Most involve the creation of a tiny incision on your eye through which your doctor inserts a microscopic tube, shunt or stent that will allow fluid to drain from the eyes, thus lowering intraocular pressure. MIGS procedures typically have less risk of complications than major glaucoma surgeries, so they are more widely used today.
We may recommend one of these MIGS treatments for open-angle glaucoma:
- iStent inject® Trabecular Micro-bypass
- XEN® Gel Stents
- OMNI™ Surgical System
The iStent inject Trabecular Micro-bypass is used during cataract surgery to help cataract patients also control their open-angle glaucoma. The insertion of 2 tiny stents, placed into the trabecular meshwork of the eye, creates two pathways for fluid to escape from the eyes. You won’t be able to feel or see the stents in the eyes.
XEN® Gel Stents
A tiny tube, the length of an eyelash, is inserted under the clear membrane that covers the white of the eye to create a small channel that allows fluid to drain. The soft, flexible tube stays in your eye permanently. This is intended for patients with open-angle glaucoma.
OMNI™ Surgical System
This treatment makes it easier to identify where blockages are occurring by targeting 3 common areas of resistance: the trabecular meshwork, the Schlemm’s canal and collector channels. Using two MIGS procedures in one device (canaloplasty and trabeculotomy) this process can lower eye pressure. This is intended for patients with open-angle glaucoma.
A small implant is placed into your eye to release medication aimed at reducing eye pressure. It will naturally dissolve and it can work for up to 15 weeks. This is intended for patients with open-angle glaucoma.
If you have been diagnosed with glaucoma and are searching for treatment options, please contact us to schedule an eye exam.
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