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Nashville’s Top Eye Surgeon, Dr. Stewart Shofner Successfully Treats Glaucoma Patients Using a Procedure Known as Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty (SLT)
Date:7/31/2014

drops for lowering internal eye pressure.

Shunts and Stents
Other options for glaucoma treatments include shunts and stents, which are small devices that are surgically inserted into the eye during a trabeculectomy to increase outflow of intraocular fluid and reduce high eye pressure. The iStent Trabecular Micro-Bypass (iStent) is made of surgical-grade titanium and is safely implanted in the internal eye area to re-establish a normal flow of fluids within the eye. Stents used in the medical industry are tubes inserted into the human body to improve blood flow or provide easy access for medications or even surgery. The iStent creates a new opening, which eliminates any blockage that hinders the eye’s natural fluid outflow. As with the SLT procedure, the iStent may be a permanent way to reduce or even eliminate a glaucoma patient’s reliance on medication.

Glaucoma treatments (laser and non-laser) are designed to decrease the production of intraocular fluid or increase the outflow (drainage) of this same fluid. Treatment is necessary to reduce or stabilize one’s intraocular pressure in order to prevent optic nerve damage.

Prevention
Routine eye exams to determine early diagnosis are the best way to prevent vision loss from glaucoma. People that are high risk for developing glaucoma due to elevated intraocular pressure, family history, ethnic background, age or optic nerve appearance should consult with a qualified eye doctor or ophthalmologist to determine the frequency of their eye exams.

About Shofner Vision Center
Dr. Stewart Shofner of Shofner Vision Center located in the heart of downtown Nashville, TN, specializes in

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