All of our glaucoma treatments at Bonner Eye Clinic are designed to lower eye pressure. The first line of treatment is typically an eye drop regimen of medicated, prescribed drops. Our doctors will prescribe drops for your unique challenge: to increase the outflow of fluid, reduce the production of fluid or a combination of the two.
If your eye pressure does not respond with the eye drops, surgery may be necessary. In glaucoma surgery, your doctor opens the drainage system in the angle so that the eye fluid can flow more freely. This is accomplished using a laser or incisional method. These are very quick procedures that do not typically cause discomfort.
Our doctors also perform stent procedures to treat open-angle glaucoma and possibly reduce or eliminate the need for medicated eye drops:
- XEN® Gel Stent: Surgical implant of a small tube that becomes soft and flexible when inserted into the eye. XEN creates a channel through which fluid can drain.
- iStent inject®: Performed during cataract surgery, this involves the implantation of two tiny stents in the trabecular meshwork (the spongy tissue located near the cornea and iris) to create openings for the flow of fluid.
Most patients do not experience pain during stent implantation.
There is no cure for glaucoma, but the treatments we provide at Bonner Eye Clinic can control the disease and help save your vision from blindness.
We’d Love to Tell You More About Glaucoma
We invite you to schedule an eye exam so we can assess your vision for signs of glaucoma or other vision conditions and discuss glaucoma treatments in Grand Rapids or Hibbing at Bonner Eye Clinic. During your visit to our practice, you will learn why so many people trust our team to protect their precious eyesight.