Combined Cataract and Glaucoma Surgery

Combined Cataract and Glaucoma Surgery

If you have been diagnosed with cataracts and glaucoma, you may have the option of treating both problems with one surgery. In this blog, we’ll discuss the option of cataract surgery with Micro Invasive Glaucoma Surgery (MIGS) to effectively treat both conditions.

Kahook Dual Blade

Kahook dual blade (KDB) is a single-use, surgical grade stainless steel instrument used to perform glaucoma treatment at the time of cataract surgery. After the cataract is removed and the implant is inserted, the surgeon uses this specially designed ophthalmic blade to remove a tiny portion of the trabecular meshwork, allowing fluid to drain from the eye, and reducing intraocular pressure.

How is the procedure done?

During cataract surgery, your ophthalmologist will make a tiny incision in the eye. She will then remove the lens from your eye, and replace it with an implant. Next, the surgeon will insert the instrument into the incision. She will then use a pointed tip to pierce the trabecular meshwork, and two parallel blades to cut a strip of tissue. This opening creates a direct pathway for fluid to be carried away, thus relieving pressure inside the eye. To learn more about cataracts, read our blog

Why KDB?

The KDB procedure is an effective treatment that can be efficiently combined with cataract surgery. It does not require any foreign implants which eliminates the risk of rejection. In some cases, KDB may reduce or eliminate the need for glaucoma medication. 

Who is a candidate?

There are many different types of glaucoma, and this treatment is not designed to treat all types of the disease. The Kahook Dual Blade procedure is indicated for the treatment of mild to moderate open angle glaucoma. Your ophthalmologist will help you to decide if this procedure is right for you. 

At Mountain View Eye Center, we strive to offer the best treatment options in an environment of comfort and compassion. Our premium eye care services are designed with your best interests in mind. If you would like to schedule a cataract evaluation or eye exam, call or text (907) 328-2920. Thank you for reading our blog, and don’t forget to read all of the entries on our website:

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