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Tube Shunt Procedures

One way to alleviate pressure of the liquid in the eye that is associated with glaucoma is to have tube shunts implanted directly into the eye. This allows for alternative drainage in the eye, so that fluid does not build up and cause pressure. Tube shunts are more invasive than regular laser surgery, and thus are only recommended for patients whose glaucoma is not controlled by medications and/or laser eye treatments. Often times tube shunts are implanted after a failed laser glaucoma eye surgery.

The tube shunt implantation procedure is conducted under local anesthesia. Unlike many other eye surgeries, the patients do not remain even slightly conscious during the procedure. Sedation is given continuously through an IV, and you will need a friend or family member to drive you home following the surgery. You will be instructed to wear a patch for several days, until your first post-operative exam. Patients should also expect to make frequent visits to Beverly Hills Vision Institute, to continuously check the healing process of the eye and the effectiveness of the procedure.

While the eye heals, Dr. Khodabakhsh will give you several prescriptions for eye drops, and post-operative care often includes suture removal and additional minor procedures to adjust the tube shunts after they have been implanted, to increase their effectiveness as your eye heals. You should plan on getting a lot of rest after the tube shut implantation surgery, and refrain from any strenuous activity.

Risks for tube shunt implantation surgery include bleeding, infection, hypotony (too low pressure), scarring, swelling, retinal detachment, droopy eyelid, double vision, loss of vision, rare loss of the eye, or failure and necessary replacement of the tube shunts.

Contact Beverly Hills Vision Institute today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Khodabakhsh to discuss your glaucoma. He will perform a thorough examination and determine whether or not tube shunt implantation is right for you.