Glaucoma is the leading cause of irreversible blindness in the world.
The eye is filled with a fluid called ‘aqueous humor’, which is constantly replenished and drained at a balanced rate to maintain the health of the eye. When this drainage becomes blocked, or there is an increase in fluid production, intraocular pressure (pressure inside your eye), or IOP, increases and glaucoma occurs. Over time, glaucoma can cause damage to some of the sensitive structures that receive and transmit images in the eye, including the optic nerve. This results in a gradual blurring of vision and, if left untreated, can result in total, irreversible blindness.
Initially, glaucoma causes a loss of peripheral (side) vision, before progressing to a complete loss of peripheral vision so that only a small area of central vision remains. Because there are no symptoms associated with glaucoma in its early stages, regular eye examinations are important.
In order to preserve eyesight, it is critical to decrease and control the elevated intraocular pressure or IOP associated with glaucoma. Depending on your individual situation, there are several treatment options available that can help control your IOP:
iTrack™ minimally invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS), also referred to as ab interno canaloplasty, is clinically proven to reduce the elevated IOP associated with glaucoma. It can also reduce or eliminate your dependence on anti-glaucoma medications. Unlike other MIGS procedures, which either bypass the natural drainage system or remove tissue, iTrack™ is a unique implant-free procedure that acts to restore the eye’s natural drainage system.
Canaloplasty performed via an ab externo approach with the iTrack™ surgical system is an advanced surgical treatment for glaucoma. It uses breakthrough microcatheter technology, similar to angioplasty, to enlarge your eye’s natural drainage system and is less invasive than traditional surgical treatments.
Molteno3® glaucoma surgery involves the implantation of a drainage device to allow the aqueous humor to exit the eye. The glaucoma drainage device consists of a small plate with a tube attached to it. The tube drains the fluid out of the eye in order to reduce intraocular pressure or IOP.