ABOUT the Kdb
Thanks to the numerous recent innovations in glaucoma management technologies, millions of people with glaucoma can take advantage of an incredible number of new methods for managing their disease. The majority of these new techniques fall under the heading of MIGS, or minimally invasive glaucoma surgery. At Vance Thompson Vision, our ophthalmology surgeons are experts in helping glaucoma patients find the right treatment to decrease their intraocular pressure. Our team in South Sioux City, NE is pleased to perform the Kahook Dual Blade (KDB) goniotomy, a minimally invasive glaucoma surgery that uses a single-use blade to make a very precise incision targeting the trabecular meshwork within the eye. By creating a small opening in the drainage pathway, fluid is able to drain out of the eye more easily. To discover if KDB would work for you, contact us today to make an appointment. Our team is here for you every step of the way in managing glaucoma.
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To determine whether you are a good candidate for the KDB, your ophthalmologist will fully examine your eyes and review your health history, including any past eye surgeries. You may qualify for glaucoma surgery with the KDB if you have mild to moderate open- or closed-angle glaucoma that is not well controlled with eye drops or other prescription medications. You may require a more advanced surgical method if you have certain complications, such as a trabecular meshwork that cannot be seen by your surgeon.
How is KDB Performed?
Your procedure will be performed in an outpatient setting under local anesthesia and possibly a mild sedative so you stay comfortable the entire time. KDB goniotomy can be performed at the same time as cataract surgery, but it is also done as a standalone procedure. First, your surgeon will make a tiny incision in your cornea. Your eye will be inflated before the Kahook Dual Blade is used to remove a portion of the trabecular meshwork, which is the tissue located along the drainage chamber at the base of the cornea. Additionally, the blade works to enlarge the drainage area to allow fluid to flow out of the eye more easily in order to lower your intraocular pressure.
What to Expect
Since KDB is minimally invasive in nature, the recovery time is less than with traditional glaucoma procedures. Typically, you can return to your normal activities within about a day after surgery. Be sure to attend scheduled follow-up appointments at Vance Thompson Vision. This allows your doctor to monitor your intraocular pressure and make any necessary changes to your treatment plan. With KDB, the goal is to reduce your intraocular pressure and help you rely less on medication to manage your glaucoma.
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If you have glaucoma, options are available to sustain and improve your vision. The team at Vance Thompson Vision would be happy to discuss your condition and determine the correct treatment to manage your condition. The KDB goniotomy is just one of our innovative treatments to help lessen your eye pressure. One advantage of KDB surgery is that it is often covered by a patient's insurance. Call our office in South Sioux City, NE to schedule a consultation so we can help find your ideal treatment.