Glaucoma drainage surgery
Using powerful anti-scarring agents and releasable stitches, glaucoma drainage surgery is a proven method to give you optimal results. The procedure can be performed under local anaesthetic so you are able to go home on the same day.
A Xen® implant is a 6mm microtube, inserted with no cuts or stitches in the conjunctiva and performed with just drops in under 5 minutes. This microtube is so small and effective it has revolutionised glaucoma surgery allowing us to simplify the procedure and still have the benefits of safe, long lasting drainage.
This operation entails forming a small channel through the white part of the eye. This channel will allow fluid - made naturally in the eye - to drain away. Some patients will require a special medication (Mitomycin C) to be placed around the incision site to try to ensure that the hole does not scar over. The drainage site is under the upper eyelid and will not be seen, and once settled should not cause you discomfort. The fluid will drain from the channel and be absorbed by conjunctival vessels in the skin of the eye.
This is a new procedure which uses safer, non-penetrating techniques to open up the drainage canal without ever entering the eye. These new techniques allow safe and effective surgical treatment for high eye pressures.
The iStent® is a new drainage device which safely lowers pressure the natural way without having to cut into the skin (conjunctiva), so reducing the risk of scarring or failure. It is a quick and effective way of lowering pressure, with less trauma to the eye than conventional surgery.
Laser and eye drop treatments:
Glaucoma laser treatment has become increasingly common and can in many cases mean the patient can resume normal activities in a short amount of time. There are various types of laser surgery options most of which will still be combined with medication of some kind. This combined approach should help to reduce intraocular eye pressure and maintain it too. Having any surgery can be daunting but glaucoma laser surgery is usually a faster and more effective treatment with little interference to daily life once complete. Sometimes it might be necessary to repeat a procedure but individual outcomes and next steps can be discussed with an ophthalmologist.
Micropulse diode and selective Laser:
This is a new and repeatable treatment without scarring, that painlessly lowers pressure and allows many patients to do away with their daily eye drops. Micropulse technology utilises the most advanced laser energy, to deliver highly accurate and precise treatment, without unwanted side effects. This allows a consultant ophthalmologist to deliver new treatments which were not possible, or as effective, with previous argon type lasers.