what is the kahook dual blade?
The Kahook Dual Blade (KDB) goniotomy is a newly developed MIGS (minimally invasive glaucoma surgery) procedure that we are pleased to offer at Focal Point Vision in San Antonio, TX. Utilizing the KDB, our board-certified ophthalmologists, Drs. Kenneth Maverick and James Lehmann, make an opening in the natural drainage pathway of the eye with one small incision. The KDB goniotomy has provided exceptional results for men and women and is known to improve the flow of intraocular fluid, lowering the internal eye pressure that causes glaucoma and reducing the risks of damaging the optic nerve. Eligible candidates for this treatment are typically those with mild to moderate open- or closed-angle glaucoma.
What are the benefits?
At Focal Point Vision, our Kahook Dual Blade system has many benefits for treating our glaucoma patients, including:
- Pain-free procedure that will not interfere with the rest of your day
- Quick, in-office procedure that lasts no more than 30 minutes if performed on its own
- High levels of provider and patient satisfaction
- More complete removal of lesions interfering with intraocular fluid than other competitors
"Very friendly personable staff, efficient, & clean offices. This was a new patient appointment which could have been two hours, I was in and out in an hour and a half. I saw Dr. Connor, and like her very much!"- K.M. / Facebook / Nov 11, 2022
"By Grace of God I found Dr . James D.Lehmann, you DESERVE a 1000 stars ⭐️ I had a very unique procedure done almost five years ago. My ophthalmologist, couldn’t do anything for me , didn’t put any effort yet I felt like a “guinea pig “, have more than 5 people come in just to look at it , while I was having issues . No respect , this eye Dr., an older man was already set in his ways and when he couldn’t help me he shrug his shoulders “ well If you want me to call around to see who can ?” .. he never follow up BY The grace of God ( not exaggerating ) .. I starting to search myself , when googling ..Focal Point vision, Dr. Lehmann’s office ,had high reviews. A shot in the dark paid off , only by chance Dr. Lehmann has done extractions of this type of implants . I quickly booked an appointment . At this point my left eye I could NOT see , my eye was totally cloudy with build up . He quickly diagnose my situation , made a plan and off the journey started . We first took one implant out , then few weeks later did a partial cornea . Both procedure healed nicely and took the other implant out . This procedure is highly rare and for me to have found such a GIFTED eye doctor I would have been satisfied and thankful he gave me my sight back . But what puts this experience over the moon , gifted physicians like himself are mostly arrogant and lack people skills . James Lehmann , is so friendly , non-judgmental and listener; his a true gentlemen . The whole staff is very professional as well . He EVEN called my right after the surgery personally to check up on me . WHAT doctor does this now these days ?? The Alamo heights location is very nice and comfortable space . The staff look at me and greet me by my Last name even before I say anything AND the acknowledge me when I leave. Thank you James , as we discuss .. “ I dodged a bullet “ , …you’re my Hero . - [ ]"- L.B. / Google / Nov 08, 2022
"This place is the best! We have another experience with another place in San Antonio and Focal Point Vision blows them out of the water! The doctors are knowledgeable and personable, the nurses and staff are kind and attentive. We have already been telling everyone we know that this is the place to go for any eye care/vision surgery!"- S.B. / Yelp / Nov 02, 2022
"Staff is fantastic, friendly and office is great! Very organized and efficient with the whole process. Highly recommend!!"- P.F. / Google / Oct 20, 2022
"Great staff and Doctors. Everything was very orderly and prompt. Dr. Lehman was very nice and knowledgeable. Would highly recommend!"- P.C. / Google / Oct 20, 2022
HOW IS IT DONE?
The KDB goniotomy is done as an outpatient procedure at our San Antonio, TX office. Before we begin, we will administer IV sedation to keep you calm and comfortable during the treatment. We will also utilize numbing eye drops to fully desensitize the area. Once you are relaxed and ready, one of our eye surgeons will create a tiny incision into the cornea. The area within is then inflated slightly with a special medical-grade fluid to create optimal visual success. The Kahook Dual Blade is then inserted, which provides two functions: to remove a tiny section of the trabecular meshwork and enlarge the drainage area.
Kahook Dual Blade FAQ
Does the Kahook Dual Blade treatment hurt?
Before your KDB procedure begins, Dr. Maverick or Dr. Lehmann will administer IV sedation to make you comfortable; and anesthetic drops to numb the eye. Most patients don’t experience any pain or discomfort during the procedure.
How long does a Kahook Dual Blade goniotomy take?
The KDB procedure is relatively quick and only takes about 10 - 20 minutes. If it is performed along with cataract surgery, it will take longer.
Is the KDB (Kahook Dual Blade) safe?
Studies have shown that the KDB goniotomy procedure is both safe and effective for reducing intraocular pressure (IOP) and the need for medications to treat severe glaucoma. The safety profile has been described as outstanding and consistent with other glaucoma treatments.
How long is recovery after a Kahook Dual Blade goniotomy?
You will be able to go home the same day as your procedure, although someone will have to drive you. We will prescribe antibiotic and steroid eye drops that you’ll need to take for a few weeks. You will need to come back at least twice so we can monitor the recovery process.
AM I A CANDIDATE FOR THE KAHOOK DUAL BLADE?
If you're ready to receive high-quality treatment for your glaucoma and see clearly again, get in touch with Focal Point Vision in San Antonio, TX. Our board-certified ophthalmologists will carefully assess your eyes to determine if you could be an ideal candidate for the Kahook Dual Blade technique to control IOP and reduce your glaucoma symptoms. To learn more about the risks and benefits of this approach, call our office and speak to a member of our team.