About Ahmed Tube Shunts
If you have been diagnosed with glaucoma, it is important to properly manage your condition. Prescription eye drops and other less invasive treatments can usually be effective in the earlier phases. However, you may need a more aggressive treatment if your glaucoma has progressed into the later stages. At Vance Thompson Vision in South Sioux City, NE, we have helped numerous individuals address their glaucoma with surgery using the Ahmed tube shunt. Composed of silicone or polypropylene material, the shunt itself is a tiny device shaped like a computer mouse with a small tube at the end. When placed into the eye, the implant allows fluid to drain out properly, which helps reduce intraocular pressure. Find out whether you qualify for this advanced procedure to slow or prevent vision loss. Contact our team to schedule your comprehensive consultation.
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Best Candidates for Ahmed Tube Shunt
During your appointment at Vance Thompson Vision, we will review your condition and all available treatment strategies. Most of the time, the Ahmed tube shunt is recommended for patients who have already tried other first-line treatments for glaucoma, such as laser procedures or other minimally invasive glaucoma surgeries. The shunt procedure may also be used if you have excessive scar tissue in your eye or if your glaucoma is associated with other health problems, such as vascular eye disease or diabetes.
How the Surgery Is Performed
The Ahmed tube shunt is implanted during an outpatient surgery performed at our office. Your surgeon will begin by administering a local anesthetic before placing a device over your eyeball to keep your eye open. Next, the shunt will be placed into the trabecular meshwork of the eye to create a pathway that helps aqueous fluid to naturally drain out of your eye. Since the shunt is positioned within your eye, you will not be able to see it after surgery. When your procedure is complete, your surgeon will administer specialized drops to stabilize your intraocular pressure, and your eye will be bandaged and taped shut.
What to Expect
It is important to follow any post-care instructions given by your doctor. In general, you will need about two weeks to recover at home, although the full recovery period could take several weeks. Our team will check your healing and progress during several follow-up appointments after your procedure. These visits to our office allow us to make sure you are maintaining optimal eye pressure and determine if any adjustments are needed to your treatment plan. In addition, we will let you know if you need to continue taking prescribed glaucoma medications.
Take off the Pressure
If you have tried other glaucoma treatments without much success, there is still hope. With the proper treatment to manage your symptoms, it's possible to maintain your daily routine and overall quality of life. Vance Thompson Vision is proud to offer many innovative surgical options based on a patient's condition. Find out if you are a candidate for the Ahmed tube shunt or another surgery to help manage your intraocular pressure. Reach out to us in South Sioux City, NE to schedule an appointment.