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.
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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
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.
What Should I Expect After the ExPRESS Shunt Procedure?
After your treatment is finished, we will apply a bandage contact lens and give you detailed healing instructions for you to follow, including avoiding strenuous activities for a few weeks. We will also likely schedule one or more follow-up appointments to monitor your progress and improvements. During this time at our San Antonio, TX facility we will monitor your intraocular pressure and make adjustments to the flap if necessary. As soon as you have fully healed, you should be able to notice a wonderful change in your vision and overall health. After recovery, your follow-up appointments at Focal Point Vision may occur about every three months.
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.