Ex-PRESS Mini Glaucoma Shunt
If incisional surgery is again necessary and a trabeculectomy alone is felt to be too aggressive or too risky for certain conditions, an Ex-PRESS Mini Glaucoma Shunt may be considered.
The Ex-PRESS Mini Glaucoma Shunt is a very small implantable device that is used for controlling intraocular pressure (eye pressure). The device is almost 3mm long with an external diameter of approximately 400 microns. It is a MRI compatible, stainless steel device with a hollow tube that allows the aqueous humor (fluid inside the eye) to flow out underneath a flap of the eye wall (called the sclera).
While the surgery is almost identical to the trabeculectomy, the use of the Ex-PRESS Mini Glaucoma Shunt allows for many benefits over the traditional trabeculectomy, such a lower risk of scarring, faster recovery time, and a lower rate of post-operative complications.
This is usually an outpatient procedure allowing patients to go home directly following their surgery.
Vision Loss Can Be Prevented
Regular eye exams may help prevent vision loss. Contact us to schedule your glaucoma exam with our glaucoma specialist Dr. Scott Piette by using our online form or by calling one of our offices in Chambersburg, Hagerstown, or Waynesboro.