Glaucoma Treatment

Augusta, Georgia

Glaucoma Treatment

Glaucoma is the condition where the pressure inside the eye (intraocular pressure or IOP) increases to a degree that can damage the nerve tissue. If left untreated, it could cause loss of vision and blindness.

For years ophthalmologists treated glaucoma by performing surgery and prescribing medication. Augusta Glaucoma surgeon Dr. Bruckner, who has actively treated glaucoma for years, now uses the latest technology to treat glaucoma with exceptional results.

Ex-PRESS™ Mini Glaucoma Shunt

Ex-PRESS™ mini glaucoma shunt is less than 3 mm long and is placed inside the eye to lower IOP. This FDA approved unit has shown successful results in treating glaucoma.

Dr. Bruckner's personal experience using the shunt has demonstrated impressive results as well:

  • 50% of Dr. Bruckner’s patients treated with Ex-PRESS™ no longer need any medications to lower their IOP.
  • 25% are using less medication!

Augusta glaucoma surgeon Dr. Bruckner has presented his results with the Ex-PRESS™ mini glaucoma shunt to other ophthalmologists at conferences both within the US and abroad.

Laser Treatment

Dr. Bruckner gives his patients the option of using eye drops and/or laser to treat their glaucoma. Traditional argon lasers (Argon Laser Trabeculoplasty) have been joined by YAG lasers (SLT) in painlessly widening the drain in the eyes of glaucoma patients; thereby lowering eye pressure and reducing the need for expensive eyedrops which may be associated with bothersome side effects(such as burning, redness or blurred vision). Both the ALT and SLT are available in Dr. Bruckner's office. Not too many practices in Georgia offer the choice of these two laser procedures.