Several medications may be prescribed as eye drops or medicines you take by mouth. Depending on your needs, we will recommend one or a combination of medications to help you reduce eye pressure, reduce the fluid that builds in the eye and causes increased pressure, and minimize damage to your optic nerve.
Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty (SLT)
SLT uses a new laser with low levels of energy to target select cells within the eye's drainage system while leaving the rest of it intact. This procedure is used to treat open angle glaucoma. Unlike some laser procedures, it may be safely repeated.
Laser Peripheral Iridotomy
When the angle between the iris and the cornea is too small, a laser is used to make a small hole in the iris, which helps fluid drain and lowers eye pressure.
Relieves eye pressure by surgically creating a tiny drainage hole near the top of the eye through which fluid can drain. This outpatient surgical procedure is also known as filtration surgery. A shunt may be implanted as part of the trabeculectomy surgery.
Tube Shunt Surgery
This drainage device is a synthetic tube that is inserted through a tiny hole created in the white portion of the eye. The tube allows fluid from inside the eye to drain into the blood stream. May be recommended if you have previous scarring.
Laser energy is used to decrease the eye’s ability to make the fluid that causes the increased eye pressure. This procedure may be done with a camera (endoscopic cyclophotocoagulation, or ECP), to help view the area of the eye that produces fluid and to direct the laser energy. The procedure takes minutes and may reduce or eliminate your need for eye drops.
A tiny, L-shaped titanium device is implanted in the eye to create a path for fluid to drain. This decreases eye pressure in people with open-angle glaucoma. Often implanted during cataract surgery, this relatively new device may help a subset of people with glaucoma.
An extremely fine tube is threaded into the collecting drain of the eye -- called the Schlem’s Canal -- to help drain fluid and relieve eye pressure. This procedure can be helpful to some people with glaucoma.