If you suffer from Glaucoma, Kung Eye Center offers a variety of treatment options to provide relief and preserve your vision. Glaucoma is generally treated with drops, laser treatment or surgery. The goal of glaucoma treatment is to reduce the high intraocular pressure that is associated with glaucoma to prevent damage to the optic nerve that will result in vision loss. Vision loss is irreversible so prevention is key. Early detection and management can minimize or even prevent vision loss.
Dr. Kung is a recognized innovator in the field of glaucoma treatment. He helped develop a special implant for draining liquid from the eye (the Glaucoma Mini-Express), to relieve high intraocular pressure (IOP).
Glaucoma treatments work in one of two ways. They either decrease the production of intraocular fluid or increase the drainage of the fluid. Your specific treatment will be recommended based on your specific diagnosis. The following are some of our treatment options.
- Medicated Eye Drops are usually the first course of action in reducing high intraocular pressure.
- Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty (SLT) uses laser light to target the melanin cells, or pigment, in specific cells of the eye. All other cells are left undamaged. The body will respond by rebuilding these cells and this, in turn, promotes drainage of the intraocular fluid, thus reducing IOP.
- Surgery may become necessary if eye drops and SLT fail to control IOP. There are two surgical options. The first involves using a high-energy laser beam to open clogged drainage passageways. The second option a filtering surgery in which we create a tiny opening in the white of the eye to allow fluid to drain.
- Endocyclophotocoagulation (ECP) is a laser procedure used to reduce the eye’s ability to produce excess fluid, thus reducing IOP. Learn more about ECP here.
- Drainage Implants divert excess fluid to a small absorptive blister on the outer layer of the eye.
- iStent is a good option for patients who have been managing their glaucoma with medication but are now needing cataract surgery. A tiny implant that is inserted during cataract surgery, iStent can lower IOP and reduce your reliance on glaucoma medication. Learn more about iStent here.
- Kahook Dual Blade® technology is an innovative new glaucoma treatment designed to lower eye pressure and can be performed with cataract surgery or as a standalone procedure to restore function to the natural outflow system of the eye. Kahook can reduce or even eliminate the need for medicated drops or prevent more intense glaucoma procedures such as a trabeculectomy. Learn more about Kahook here.