Snead Insights – Alternative Glaucoma Treatments

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Alternative glaucoma treatments can reduce or eliminate the need for eye drops, helping reduce the possibility of infection!

October is Infection Prevention Month. 

Traditional prescription eye drops are not for everyone. Besides the need to use them daily for glaucoma treatment, eye drops carry a risk of infection. The professionals at SNEAD EYE GROUP can treat glaucoma with two innovative, alternative methods, both conveniently preformed at our Fort Myers and Naples surgery centers.

Dr. John Snead and Dr. Brad Snead are certified to perform iStent Trabecular Micro-Bypass. Approved by the FDA, the iStent is the world’s smallest medical device, providing long-term, non-medicinal treatment for patients suffering from Open-Angle Glaucoma. This tiny titanium stent is inserted into the eye to help aide in the natural draining of intraocular fluid into the blood stream, reducing pressure build up within the eye. A large percentage of patients who receive the iStent report a reduction in the number of medications needed.

Another option is Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty, also referred to as SLT, whereby laser energy is applied to the drainage tissue in the eye. This starts a chemical and biological change in the tissue that results in better drainage of fluid through the drain and out of the eye. Some people may no longer need drops – others may have to use one less drop.

Since both procedures are accepted glaucoma treatments, and FDA approved, they are covered by Medicare and most medical insurances. Consult with a SNEAD EYE GROUP professional today to learn if you’re a candidate for either of these innovative treatment options!