It's called an iStent Inject. It makes water and it drains water. In recent years, some surgeons are using tube shunts or glaucoma drainage devices as first-line surgery, and forgoing standard trabeculectomy as the first surgery. Sometimes, patients may experience multiple eye conditions at the same time, including glaucoma. And the fun thing I love to do is sit around a room of glaucoma specialists and say, "Hey, if you had glaucoma, what would you have? I just need to lower your pressure." Not only did they do better, but it was actually more cost effective which is great from our health systems’ perspective. Because of that observation that I had personally in operating on eyes and developing countries that have not been abused by drops versus eyes that have been on drops for decades. And one thing that I definitely do with my family is when we sit down at the dinner table, we talk about just one thing that we're so grateful for. It's a cross section of the optic nerve, the nerve that connects the out of the brain. And so that again goes to picking the best surgery for the patient — which ones are best to be combined for cataract surgery, which ones are not. How iStent inject ® W Works. With any surgery, a successful recovery all depends on proper post-op care. 1 "USC Roski Eye Institute Director Helps Breakthrough Glaucoma Treatment Come to the U.S. as Allergan Receives FDA Clearance for XEN ® Gel Stent." That's the only modifiable risk factor is [eye] pressure lowering. When it comes time to selecting your eye surgeon, the most important thing is finding someone that you have that relationship with, you have that trust with, and that you're going to go down this path together with. If you have more advanced disease than you need to go with procedures that a little bit more invasive to get more bang for your buck. When that happens, we either have to go in there and reopen that and give you some more anti-scarring medicine or do an alternate procedure if that becomes your best option. And what it showed over time is that even though the pressure lowering was about the same in both groups, in the medicine group, more patients went on to need cataract surgery and trabeculectomy as Tom mentioned. If you've had a tube shunt for instance, I would say this, there are various types of tube shunts out there. Currently, all therapy for glaucoma is directed at lowering eye pressure, but the fundamental problem in glaucoma is the degeneration of the optic nerve fibers necessary for vision. And then how the pressure over here, this is the optic nerve. It made me feel confident I am on track to control this disease." This then allows the formation or egress of fluid from the inside of the eye, under the skin of the eye, and there's formation of what we call a bleb. That's an example of times when it will be beneficial to get something done for your glaucoma even when your eyedrops seem to be working. And most of these surgeries are surgeries that help open up a patient's outflow system. But the probe that's used for that laser is a little different from that which is used from the MicroPulse which is the one that is not a continuous wave laser. I mean, you ask all glaucoma specialists around the country right now, and they're going to say, "Don't listen to Davinder. So many glaucoma specialists are aware of what's the efficacy of the different surgeries are. They're like little florets right there sitting behind the iris that are responsible for making fluid inside the eye. So that is an option that is a bridge between both medical therapy and surgery but it releases medicine inside the eye, taking away that responsibility of putting eye drops inside the eye from the patient. And we'll try to answer as many of your questions as possible. There's about a one third chance we may have to go back in." I talked about some of the outflow surgeries, something like the trabeculectomy, the XEN Gel Stent. There are certain types of glaucoma, pseudoexfoliation glaucoma. So we have to be very watchful after trabeculectomy surgery. You can also visit our website, www.glaucoma.org for more answers and for the latest information about glaucoma and our research. In this video from the Master Class in Minimally Invasive Glaucoma Surgery (MIGS), Dr. Ike Ahmed implants the iStent® prior to phacoemulsification. It was available on the market for a short time. If you had, what would you have?" But maybe you want to make additional comment. Tom Brunner: We have another question here. Sponsor opinions are not reflected on our website. And it drains over here. So before I do any of these kinds of surgeries on my patients, I have them go to my YouTube channel. Sometimes cataract surgery alone can be an amazing treatment for just narrow-angle glaucoma. And this is revolutionary. Please take your vision seriously and your health seriously. Glaucoma Surgery and Laser Treatments (Webinar). And they are both Ambassadors of Glaucoma Research Foundation. But look over here, this is really one of my favorite slides — here you have a patient and their Schlemm's canal is all destroyed and atrophic. So something that's somewhat similar is the Kahook Dual Blade goniotomy, instead of using electrocautery just makes an incision where you can remove that strip of trabecular tissue to have direct access to the downstream pipes. You may require a few more drops or supplemental eyedrops to get your pressure as low as a trabeculectomy if you pick the tube shunt option for surgery. Now the other thing I want to mention is that you also can follow us on Instagram (@glaucomaresearch) where we post glaucoma-related videos and articles and updates. So, what else is delivered this way? Tom Brunner: Well, unfortunately that's all the time we have for questions. Tom Brunner: Another question is about scar tissue and does that prohibit other surgeries? This is how I think about patients and glaucoma surgery. Tom Brunner: Are there special considerations involved with cataract surgery for glaucoma patients? And then we'll go onto some surgical and laser managements, either opening up a patient's own outflow system or having to create a new drain. â¦ And then what I use for my very mild cases are things like an iStent and this is the original iStent, the G1 [first generation], which actually I don't think is being used that much anymore in the United States. Please enter your question in the Search box below. Can you comment a little more about why progression may have been worse in the medication group? These are chemicals that you're putting in your eye. So let's talk about this outflow pathway. But as time goes on, that drain degenerates and the trabeculectomy is only able to control or whatever surgical procedure is able to control pressure to a certain extent. So you may have higher pressures for a short time. And we're used to managing patients with small pupils or are at a high risk of having some weird complications during the operating room that needs a special tricks. This is a lifelong battle. Envision Cataract Surgery and Glaucoma Therapy All In One Procedure. And that's really what gets damaged in glaucoma. So timing of your surgery is another important thing. This patient has an intact outflow pathway (almost like they did an angiogram of the heart and you see all the blood vessels of the heart are intact). And I'm like, "Well, we can do it. I'm going to start off just with some introductory stuff about opening up your own outflow system and I'll turn it over to my partner and colleague Dr. Smith to talk about some of the more invasive surgeries. Dr. Smith, what do you think? So you can see here these are various descriptions of how water, we call it aqueous, a fancy way of saying water, is made right here in this area called the ciliary body. So we already talked about what that angle is, it's the drainage system of the eye. 03 Jan. 2017. Let me start with that. The implant is put under the skin of the eye, connects those two chambers. Glaucoma Specialist at Glaucoma Associates of Texas. It's very scary to have the idea that you're going to have surgery on your eye. And then they come to me and say, "Hey, Dr. Grover. But the biggest difference between the different types of tube shunts is whether they have a valve or whether they don't have a valve. But it's a little snorkel that we kind of sneak in to the meshwork and it allows fluid to shunt and bypass the meshwork and allows fluid to go straight through the drain. And so using eyedrops is not easy. The XEN-45 Gel Stent is available on the market. Because the more damage that's been done then the likelihood of losing vision at the time of glaucoma surgery is higher. But what was exciting about this study is it showed that actually the laser intervention group tended to do better. I can talk to that and then I'm sure Tosin will add to this as well. We want to thank Aerie Pharmaceuticals for sponsoring this webinar series and their support of all glaucoma patients. The difference between a continuous wave or standard, what we refer to as CPC laser and a MicroPulse laser is that the CPC laser has a continuous wave of energy being delivered while the MicroPulse is pulsed laser. And so they get real time data just like I do in the operating room or right after the operating room. So let's say that trapdoor was created, the flap was lifted, the Ex-Press shunt is a tiny little metal shunt that's then placed under the trapdoor without having to make a hole. Welcome to our webinar, Glaucoma Surgery and Laser Treatments. And it's being used worldwide in over 25 countries as far as we know. And then their outflow pathway, you can do any stent. Davinder Grover, MD: No. Davinder Grover, MD: Sure. I wish we would have acted here before we even came close to the cliff." Essentially, there is a small little ‘trapdoor’ as can be seen right here in this right hand corner of the slide, where a ‘trapdoor’ is created in the wall of the eye, a small hole is made under that trapdoor, and then sutures are used to hold the trapdoor down. And there are two broad categories [of glaucoma] and it's well beyond the scope of what we're talking about here but there's an open angle or a closed angle. Certainly surgeries require an eye that is more quiet. Order booklets about glaucoma for your patients. And what we do here is that the medication in the form of a pellet is placed in the front side of the eye where it slowly releases medication over a four to six month period. The MicroPulse laser is being delivered here in this case with the laser hand piece, it's done in an outpatient setting usually with the patient laying down with a speculum in the eye. It's always about where your surgeon is trying to get. Let's talk about the irritation. But the other thing you need to understand is that when you have both cataracts and glaucoma, there are also some certain special considerations you need to take into account in the operating room. And this is from 1978 where someone injected dye into the outflow system so you can see, this is Schlemm's canal and then it's going down to the vasculature. We can get there with surgery. We're dealing with the fluid in the front of the eye. And what that did as you can see in that picture right there, it's a device that's kind of like a noodle as well, but the problem is instead of passing it under the skin of the eye, it was placed inside the eye into an area called a suprachoroidal space. And then the skin of the eye, which is that conjunctiva I mentioned before, is then closed over the trapdoor. And glaucoma surgery is something that gives you the opportunity for the surgeon to go in at one time and take care of those two disease entities at the same time whether it's anything from a glaucoma laser with cataract surgery or a mixed procedure, or even the traditional trabeculectomies and tube shunts, we would have to look at the individual patient, look at where are their diseases, look how much pressure lowering they've had, look to see what other procedures they've had done in the past and making the best decision as to where to go or which of those procedures to do. And I appreciate Tom and the Glaucoma Research Foundation for putting this together and I'm looking forward to a wonderful discussion and experience today that's hopefully very interactive. (Video), Promising Glaucoma Research and the Path to a Cure, Catalyst for a Cure: A Clear Path to Vision Restoration. Because I treat my patients the way I'd want my family to be treated. Now we have a lot of safer surgeries that have pretty good success, that have lowered our bar because of the safety to do a surgical intervention, to get patients off drops. That's a discussion between you and your surgeon. "The discussion convinced me that my doctor is providing appropriate treatment. But I can tell you based on my experience of treating patients around the world, in the United States and a lot of developed economy health systems, patients are on drops for a very long period of time for exactly the problem that I have discussed. Many of you may have heard of glaucoma drainage devices or as they're more commonly called tube shunts. Acute angle-closure glaucoma â¦ So that's a thought. The most common type, primary open angle glaucoma, is usually treated with eye drops. Miss Jones you don't know me at all. Laser treatment or surgery may be offered if drops don't help. So I think what the LiGHT study, and this is just postulating, is that it's showing that there are some unnoticed effects of the chronic use of drops. Davinder Grover, MD: Yeah. Learn from videos highlighting surgical intervention of glaucoma, including MIGS, trabeculectomy, canaloplasty, laser, and other IOP lowering devices. Now with lasers for instance, there are certain laser procedures that you could do to the drain of the eye, the SLT for instance. To help control this pressure, two tiny iStent inject ® W stents are gently inserted into your eye during cataract surgery.. So it really has changed, I think, a lot of our practice patterns and made us all lean more closely to considering laser as an initial treatment. - Ron Ponichter. Cyclophotocoagulation has been available for a long time as an option for surgery. Generally, trabeculectomy is thought to reduce the eye pressure to a greater degree than tube shunt surgeryâ¦ Davinder Grover, MD: Yeah. So having talked about this, what we do essentially is all in a day's work of ‘plumbing.’ Whether we are inside the eye turning down fluid production by doing lasers or we go to the trabecular meshwork, which is that membrane that covers Schlemm's canal that's responsible for collecting the fluid and passing it out through the collector channels which I would liken to the sieve that covers your kitchen sink. We appreciate support from corporations who believe in our Gel stent for glaucoma an ab interno approach to ... - YouTube So if the pressure is higher than this level, the valve mechanism opens and allow fluids leave the eye. But in a procedure like trabeculoplasty, which is actually very well tolerated than safe, it gives me the confidence more so that trabeculoplasty may be an appropriate intervention. What I'm going to focus on here is evaluating whether they have an intact outflow pathway and whether we can do surgeries to open up their own outflow pathway, such as GATT or the KDB or trabeculectomies and all these things we'll talking about. And work with your doctors to help maintain your vision. There's certain types of lasers that help us do this. Glaucoma Surgery and Laser Treatments (Webinar), What's New in Glaucoma Medications? Stamper specializes in glaucoma and cataract surgery, and his research interests include early methods in diagnosing glaucoma to prevent vision loss and evaluating new surgical procedures for glaucoma. This is the trabecular meshwork. The CyPass system is a suprachoroidal shunt. iStent Glaucoma Surgery iStent is a Safe & Effective Treatment for Glaucoma. And a couple of years ago, I wrote an article specifically about this, about special considerations for cataract surgery in glaucoma patients. And I'm so grateful that we're here and we're having this opportunity. An example is mytomycin or 5-fluorouracil. It is an honor to welcome Dr. Davinder Grover and Dr. Tosin Smith. When that angle closes, we call it narrow or closed angle glaucoma. We have patients who either have pressures that are not controlled or pressures that are doing okay on their current medication who need cataract surgery. Conventional glaucoma surgery carries more risk compared to laser glaucoma surgery. And it just speaks to, I think, the resilience of human nature that we can take these opportunities to still have a collegial interaction and a positive experience despite all the challenges we're facing. Whether we win or whether we lose, this is a path that you and I are going to go on together. But more recently there are studies that have been done that show that tube shunts compared to trabeculectomies are just as effective. And before we get on there, there's surgical management and then there's laser surgeries we can do. The other thing is timing. We're still working on that. And the most exciting thing about this, in addition to the fact that it is a safe and effective surgery, is that it can be done with a $4 suture, which it has tremendous implications worldwide for cost-effective delivery of care. I'm very optimistic that your surgery is going to work." Now is that chronic use of drops better or worse than taking a patient to get a trabeculectomy? And there are actually two of them that can be put in the drainage angle and help enhance outflow system bypassing the meshwork. And so that's proof that this patient has an intact outflow system. Again the meshwork is almost always the problem. A smaller proportion, â¦ I'm taking over from this point and I will be talking about outflow surgery. And this is just another depiction. We know with glaucoma, lowering pressure leads to a situation where you're more likely to preserve vision. And we don't have a way to do it pre-operatively yet. Davinder Grover, MD: Yeah. Davinder Grover, MD, MPH Tosin Smith, MD: That's a great answer. Now, what else can give a subconjunctival flow? Making sure you follow your post-op instructions if you've been asked to use steroids after surgery. Okay. And there's some other things out there. You just met me. And over time, your body starts to recognize that this fluid flowing into this area shouldn't be doing that. And just talk about a new option that's available for people. More than half of people getting a certain type of glaucoma surgery may suffer from temporary, sometimes severe vision loss afterwards, suggests a new study. This is a Hydrus Microstent. This is one of my favorite pictures because it shows what's happening in front of the eye, where water is made and then it goes and it drains in the angle. So you have a patient here on the left side that has, we thought, an amazing ‘wave.’ If you see that blanching, it was just tremendous evidence that the patient has an intact outflow system compared to here on the right side, where maybe this blood vessel disappears just a little bit. Dr. Grover specializes in medical and surgical management of complex glaucoma at Glaucoma Associates of Texas. Those are surgeries that lead to flow of fluid outside the eye, under the skin of the eye. You may have a trabeculectomy that's working and maybe your drain is still working partially. I'm either going to open up their own outflow system or create a new drain. View Video While mild-to-moderate open-angle glaucoma â¦ Minimally invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS) is a revolutionary new glaucoma treatment. And that's we as physicians have to look at. There are other things you can consider. But the problem is when patients start to notice their vision loss, then we're at this point where the vision just starts to rapidly fall. 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We're seeing loss of nerve tissue. Web. And let's talk about the laser surgery because they really enhance the patient's outflow pathway. âBreakthrough refractory glaucoma â¦ And the natural response is for you to heal. And it's probably still much safer to put you on a drop than it is to cut your eye open. So they're a little bit more challenging but again as a glaucoma specialist, it's like breathing. I think this pandemic has given us all a new sense of appreciation for life and gratitude for what we have. And that allows me to maintain that trust and that relationship with my patients to know what I'm doing and why I'm doing it. No. Send this article to a friend by filling out the fields below: On July 10, 2020, Glaucoma Research Foundation presented an Innovations in Glaucoma Webinar, “Glaucoma Surgery and Laser Treatments.”. But let me go and laser you.” It's hard to do that. And this is probably one of the oldest available surgeries that was kind of the first kid on the block in terms of this new phase of MIGS. And how each of these are used and why each of these are used, there's not a right answer and there's not really a lot of studies comparing each one to each other. So I see them right in the recovery room. Hydrus Microstent â¢ Open Angle Glaucoma â¢ Stent I. Paul Singh, MD Channels: Glaucoma â¦ My dad's a dentist. The recorded webinar features a presentation on current and new glaucoma surgery and laser treatment options by glaucoma specialists Davinder Grover, MD, MPH and Oluwatosin Smith, MD, moderated by President and CEO of the Glaucoma Research Foundation, Thomas Brunner. I think you summed it up really nicely. I meet a patient for the first time. Tosin Smith, MD: I couldn't agree more, which brings us to the issue of target pressures. Because you will never appreciate that. And the question really is, does it matter? 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