Tube Shunt Surgery
This is a specialized glaucoma surgery reserved to treat uncontrolled glaucoma that has failed with previous glaucoma surgery. It may also be used as the primary procedure if there is a high likelihood a different glaucoma surgery would fail due to glaucoma caused by eye infections or potential scarring from eye inflammation.
A tube shunt is a flexible drainage device that is implanted in the eye to redirect the aqueous humor (the fluid inside the eye) to an external reservoir. The shunt is made from either silicone or polypropylene. It has a small tube on one end that is inserted into the eye where the aqueous humor drains to a larger reservoir secured to the surface of the eyeball. The implant is not visible and will be covered by the eye’s own external covering as well as the eyelid.
Although this procedure will not restore vision already lost from glaucoma, it will reduce the pressure in the eye and prevent further vision loss.
The surgery is usually done on an outpatient basis and patients are able to go home directly following their procedure.
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.