Your vision is vital to maintaining your best quality of life. If glaucoma is impairing your eyesight and affecting your ability to go about your day-to-day activities, the caring team at Vance Thompson Vision is here to help you find a solution to manage your condition. One of the many minimally invasive glaucoma surgeries we offer is ab-interno canaloplasty (ABiC). To address glaucoma, ABiC relieves eye pressure by improving the function of the Schlemm's canal, which is the eye's natural fluid outflow pathway. For many patients, ABiC can reduce eye pressure by around 30% and can decrease dependence on glaucoma medications by as much as 50%.
Our ophthalmologists are dedicated to providing some of the most advanced glaucoma treatment options available. To learn more about ABiC and other minimally invasive glaucoma treatments, reach out to Vance Thompson Vision in South Sioux City, NE to schedule a consultation.
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Best Candidates for ABiC
To determine if you are a candidate for ABiC or another MIGS, a full eye examination will be performed at Vance Thompson Vision. During your consultation, your doctor will discuss your eye health and general health history, as well as lifestyle and vision goals. Typically, ABiC works well for patients who:
- Have been diagnosed with primary open-angle, pseudoexfoliation, or pigmentary glaucoma
- Have had difficulty taking glaucoma medications as directed
- Would like to be taking fewer glaucoma management medications
- Have a history of unsuccessful ALT (argon laser trabeculoplasty) treatments
HOW ABIC Is Performed
ABiC is an outpatient procedure performed on-site at Vance Thompson Vision. Before starting your treatment, your eyes will be fully numbed with anesthetic drops and you may be given intravenous sedation. Your surgeon will make a very small incision in your eye before inserting a microcatheter into the Schlemm's canal (the eye's natural drainage vessel). This device helps to enlarge the drainage pathway so fluid can exit more easily. As the catheter is slowly removed, a viscoelastic gel is injected into the canal to keep it properly dilated after the procedure. This helps the eye to properly drain fluid so intraocular pressure can be lowered.
What to Expect
After the ABiC procedure, most patients are able to resume their normal routines. It is important to follow any post-care instructions, as well as attend follow-up visits at Vance Thompson Vision. Possible side effects following ABiC are rare but include bleeding, increased intraocular pressure, and blistering or fluid buildup at the treatment site.
With consistent treatment and monitoring, glaucoma can be successfully managed. After a minimally invasive glaucoma surgery, like ABiC, it's possible to decrease your reliance on glaucoma medications and slow the progression of the disease.
Take Control With ABiC
Glaucoma causes damage to the optic nerve, which can drastically impact your vision and reduce your independence. However, it's possible to stop or slow the impact of glaucoma with proper treatment. The team at Vance Thompson Vision performs multiple minimally invasive glaucoma procedures to help you manage glaucoma and improve your overall quality of life. If you would like more information about ABiC, contact our office in South Sioux City, NE.