WHAT IS EXPRESS SHUNT?
While a trabeculectomy was the most recognized solution for glaucoma for many years, advancements in the ocular industry have led to the development of a range of minimally invasive services to address the optical nerve and prevent the spread of the disease. At Focal Point Vision in San Antonio, TX, our board-certified ophthalmologists are pleased to offer the ExPRESS Shunt to individuals with glaucoma to control their intraocular pressure (IOP). Candidates who can benefit the most from this treatment are those who experienced no relief from eye drops and require more intense care.
What Are The Benefits Of The ExPRESS Shunt?
ExPRESS shunts offer an effective reduction in intraocular pressure (IOP) and control of glaucoma with several great benefits, including;
- Effectively reduces IOP
- Works when medicated eye drops don’t
- Reduces need for medication
- Procedure is fast and pain-free
- Less risk of complications
- Fewer follow-up visits
"Excellent care from the staff as well as doctor Daughtry."- A.D. / Google / Jun 14, 2022
"Dr. Lehmann, Dr. Conner and Dr. Daughtry have all made a positive impact on my life with their help on my ICL surgery. I had an eye infection nine years ago that created scar tissue over my right eye’s cornea. When I first sought out LASIK doctors told me my eye was too fragile with its scar tissue; I was pretty disappointed that there may not be a way for me to get out of my glasses. I have been a dancer all my life and the change in my eye’s health changed the way I was able to dance and perform. It wasn’t until this past year that a doctor in Austin recommended Focal Point Vision for its surgeons, Dr. Lehmann and Dr. Maverick, and the ICL procedure. I went in for a few consultations before I was green-lit by Dr. Daughtry to meet with Dr. Lehmann, who performed my surgery. I am impressed by how well the entire team handled my scheduling and worked together to make sure I was informed and comfortable for the operation. I was filled with great relief when Dr. Lehmann told me I was a candidate for ICL after so many no’s on LASIK (understandably after I learned more about the two operations). While ICL could not ‘erase’ the scar tissue on my cornea, the operation has already brought a great improvement to my day to day life. The day of my surgery, Dr. Lehmann’s surgical techs, Holly, Gina, and Ashlea took great care of me before the surgery and I want to make sure to give them a shout out and thank you! They were all professional and inspiring in how well they treated me. The operation itself was short and easy. A few hours post-operation I met with Dr. Amy Conner. She blew me out of the water with her professionalism, empathy, and knowledge; Within minutes under her care I joked I was going to find a way to put her into my will for how great of a doctor she is. I will settle for naming my first born child after her (Kidding). A huge thank you to Dr. Amy Conner, I would recommend her to anyone who is looking for an informed doctor who leads with her knowledge and emotional intelligence. She took care of me on an intense day with swiftness and expertise. The evening of my operation Dr. Lehmann called me to check in. He knew the details of my follow up with Dr. Amy Conner and was there in case I needed anything. After the call I looked to my mom and said, “Holy cow. I bet he’s been up since 3 or 4am and just finished his day and still called me. Wow.” It was definitely above and beyond. I don’t expect my surgeon to give me a personal call - they are busy giving people new eyes! Still I felt like my operation was in the best hands it could have been. The day following my surgery I woke up feeling incredible. My mom could not believe how well I could see. I was even able to drive both myself and my mom home and have felt comfortable ever since. To anyone contemplating ICL, I cannot recommend this team enough. I am so grateful I can see now without my glasses. I have been through some tough times these last nine years with my vision. I have also had some pretty depressing eye doctor visits that left me feeling hopeless and some that misdiagnosed me in other clinics. I am so fortunate to have been able to visit Focal Point Vision. Thank you, FPV, for giving me my dancing freedom back without the stress of contacts or glasses. It means the world to me."- A.G. / Google / Jun 10, 2022
"Just unbelievable how great everyone is. I’ve decided to make this my yearly eye check-up destination. I recently had cataract surgery on my left eye and have no qualms with addressing my right eye in the near future. From the receptionists, to all the assistants and the Drs, I had a great experience. You won’t regret coming here. 👍🏼"- M.M. / Google / Jun 10, 2022
"Staff was courteous from the front door to the Doctor. Dr. Maverick was exceptionally professional, answered my questions and was truthful in his responses. He did not push me to have surgery but left it up to me to decide. Although I will eventually need the surgery he did say there was no urgency at this moment. I appreciated his assessment."- R.H. / Google / Jun 10, 2022
"As usual, my follow-up visit with Dr. Daughtry was very comprehensive & thorough. Optical exams by Dr. Daughtry & Dr. Maverick always make me feel confident with my visual acuity. Thank you!"- D.L. / Google / Jun 09, 2022
HOW IS IT DONE?
This device works to create a scleral channel to allow fluid to drain from the eye. To execute a procedure with the ExPRESS Shunt, we will properly position the eye to prevent blinking and apply anesthetic drops to make the process as comfortable as possible. Once you are fully numb, we will then create a small flap into the eye roughly 3mm in width. The ExPRESS Shunt device is then inserted through the opening and closed. After your treatment is finished, we will apply a bandage contact lens and give you detailed healing instructions for you to follow. As soon as you have fully healed, you should be able to notice a wonderful change to your vision and overall health.
ExPRESS shunt FAQ
Is an ExPRESS shunt safe?
There have been numerous scientific studies and reviews conducted on the ExPRESS shunt with all supporting a high degree of safety and efficacy.
What is the ExPRESS shunt made of?
The ExPRESS shunt is made of medical-grade stainless steel.
Is the ExPRESS shunt better than a traditional trabeculectomy?
Trabeculectomy is still considered the standard treatment for uncontrolled glaucoma; however, studies have shown that the ExPRESS shunt was more effective in controlling intraocular pressure (IOP) without medication for up to three years after a trabeculectomy.
Can an ExPRESS eye shunt be removed?
Yes, it is a fairly simple procedure to remove an ExPRESS eye shunt.
AM I A CANDIDATE FOR EXPRESS SHUNT?
At Focal Point Vision in San Antonio, TX, our board-certified ophthalmologists offer innovative and minimally invasive surgeries to address glaucoma and prevent the disease from worsening. If you think you may have glaucoma, schedule a consultation at our office to find out if the ExPRESS Shunt or another technique could be the solution you need to restore your vision and eye health.