ECP near Sioux City, IA

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About ECP

At Vance Thompson Vision, we are dedicated to utilizing some of the most innovative techniques and technologies to prevent future damage to your optic nerve to preserve your sight. If you have received a glaucoma diagnosis, Vance Thompson Vision can perform a number of different minimally invasive glaucoma surgeries (MIGS) to lower intraocular pressure. One of our advanced MIGS options is a laser procedure known as endoscopic cyclophotocoagulation (ECP), which helps decrease the amount of fluid in the eye.

The ophthalmologist surgeons at Vance Thompson Vision have many years of combined experience treating patients with glaucoma and remain at the forefront of national research initiatives. If you would like to learn more about treatment options for glaucoma, we would be happy to provide you with more information. Contact our team in South Sioux City, NE to schedule an eye exam.

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Best Candidates for ECP

Since ECP is a more aggressive treatment, it is generally recommended for patients who have already tried other glaucoma medications or surgeries, such as trabeculectomy or tube shunt. ECP may also be suitable for patients who have cataracts, high eye pressure, loss of vision, and/or do not qualify for other glaucoma procedures. ECP is a safe procedure and is commonly performed at the same time as cataract surgery in patients with mild to moderate open- or closed-angle glaucoma. In more serious instances of glaucoma, it can be combined with other minimally invasive glaucoma surgeries (MIGS).

How ECP Is Performed

ECP is an outpatient procedure that lasts about 15 minutes. As a very precise laser treatment, ECP allows for quick surgical times and relatively fast post-operative healing. After your eyes are numbed, a small incision will be made in order to allow an endoscope (a small tube with a camera) to be placed through your eye. Next, laser energy will be applied to treat the ciliary body epithelium, which controls fluid production in the eye. The laser energy causes scarring to the ciliary body to reduce the amount of fluid produced. ECP is typically performed at the same time as cataract surgery, although this is not always the case.

What to Expect

Following ECP, you may be able to reduce the need to take glaucoma medications over the longer term. You should be able to continue your regular routine and activities and lead a healthy lifestyle. While a cure for glaucoma does not yet exist, the doctors at Vance Thompson Vision are involved in glaucoma research efforts within the vision health community. Our goal is to provide the best possible treatments to help you manage your glaucoma so you can continue to enjoy your eyesight and live life to the fullest.

You Have Options to Explore

The team at Vance Thompson Vision offers a number of specific glaucoma management methods that can be performed based on your unique condition. To determine the best option for you, we provide comprehensive consultations at our office in South Sioux City, NE. Let us help you find your ideal treatment to protect your vision.

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