Drainage implant surgery

Other types of surgery include Drainage implant surgery – these implants consist of a silicon tube, which is connected to a draining plate. The tube is inserted in the eye and the drainage plate is sutured to sclera. The intraocular fluid gets collected in the plate, under the conjunctiva, and gets absorbed by the surrounding tissues.

Some of the possible complications include corneal decompensation and tube erosion through the conjunctiva. If this last situation occurs, patients should seek medical care as soon as possible.

Drainage implant surgery Fig. 1

Fig. 1. Glaucoma drainage implant. The plate is fixed posteriorly in the sclera, and the tube is inserted into the anterior chamber.

Drainage implant surgery Fig. 2

Fig. 2. The tube location at the anterior chamber. [there are three iridectomies from previous surgeries - black holes in the superior iris]

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Important message for glaucoma patients

It is important for you to get yourself regularly screened for glaucoma. If you have been diagnosed to have glaucoma, effective treatment options are now available and regular treatment and follow up can help you to preserve your vision for your lifetime, avoiding unnecessary fear of going blind.

You can live happily with glaucoma and enjoy an excellent quality of life, particularly if the disease is detected early and treated in time. Always remember that once you have glaucoma, you will have to be under the care of an eye doctor for the rest of your life.

There is a lot of research going on and new treatments may become available for glaucoma in the near future.

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