Treatment for primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG) is aimed at lowering pressure to prevent further loss of vision. There are multiple glaucoma treatment options available and current therapies include prescription eye drops, laser therapy, and glaucoma surgery. The advent of minimally invasive glaucoma devices, such as the Hydrus Microstent, offers a glaucoma treatment option designed to effectively reduce eye pressure and reliance on medical eye drops. Based on the severity of your glaucoma, your doctor will recommend a glaucoma treatment option specific to your needs. Glaucoma surgery is generally the last glaucoma treatment option selected by doctors.
Eye drops are often the first glaucoma treatment option selected by doctors for early-stage glaucoma. When taken properly, they decrease eye pressure by helping the eye’s fluid to drain better and/or decrease the amount of fluid made by the eye. If eye drops do not reduce eye pressure enough, your doctor may prescribe additional medications.
SLT uses short pulses of low energy laser to target specific cells in the drainage system of the eye to stimulate improved function. It is typically used when other glaucoma treatment options, including eye drop medications are not lowering the eye pressure enough or are causing significant side effects. It can also be used as an initial glaucoma treatment option.
Minimally invasive implants are designed to effectively restore flow of fluid in the eye. The Hydrus Microstent is a MIGS device that is implanted at the same time as cataract surgery to help reduce eye pressure and may eliminate your medication burden.
If eye drops or other glaucoma treatment options are unable to properly control eye pressure, tube shunts may be an option. They are flexible drainage devices that are implanted in the eye to help drain excess fluid.