When medical therapy fails to adequately control intraocular pressure (IOP), surgical procedures or more advanced treatments are considered. This section describes the various surgical options available to patients for treating glaucoma.
Laser is commonly used to treat both open- and closed-angle glaucoma.
Penetrating and non-penetrating surgery
Trabeculectomy is a surgical procedure that involves the creation of a full-thickness path through the wall of the eye to relieve intraocular pressure (IOP).
Drainage implants (or shunt tubes) are generally reserved for persons at high risk for filtering surgery failure and persons for whom the surgical procedure has already failed.
Minimally invasive surgery
Minimally invasive glaucoma surgery encompasses a group of procedures that have proven their effectiveness while reducing operating and recovery times.
Dr Anik Desgroseilliers, ophthalmologist joined the Institut de l'Oeil des Laurentides in August 2013 and is working in close collaboration with the expert medical team of the IOL.
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