About Ahmed Tube Shunts
Living with glaucoma does not have to limit your lifestyle, but it does need to be properly managed. Having a positive attitude about any medical condition really helps, too. At Vance Thompson Vision, our job as your eye care provider is to provide the right glaucoma resources, medications, and therapeutic protocols so you can continue your regular habits and activities. Diagnosing glaucoma in the early stage is ideal, however, there are many ways to address intraocular pressure with surgery, such as the Ahmed tube shunt. Made of a biomedical material, the Ahmed tube shunt is implanted into your eye to assist with drainage of aqueous fluids. If left untreated, glaucoma can cause blindness. Unfortunately, there is no procedure or treatment to repair the damage glaucoma causes within your eyes.
If you would like to learn more about this treatment, please request a consultation at Vance Thompson Vision. At your appointment in our Bozeman, MT office, we will do our best to get to know you by learning about your medical history, your nonsurgical attempts at treating glaucoma, your lifestyle, and more. With this information and a comprehensive evaluation, we will provide you with a recommendation that is tailored to you.
"If you are considering cataract surgery, Dr. Swan and the staff at Vance Thompson Vision in Bozeman are the team you want in your corner. They are both knowledgeable and professional while still remaining personable, kind and compassionate. The office is equipped with the latest in advanced technology making the process easier and safer than ever. I felt taken care of from the moment I walked in the door. The staff, Briana in particular, and Dr. Swan, went over every aspect of the surgery with me. They answered all my questions, and spent a substantial amount of time examining me and reviewing the available options for my specific situation. I wholeheartedly recommend Dr. Swan an Vance Thompson Vision in Bozeman."- J.D. / Google / Sep 02, 2018
"My husband was referred by his eye doctor in Helena and we were pleased to get an appointment within a few days. The appointment was a pleasant experience, with friendly, knowledgeable staff. Kacie did the preliminary tests and was very good to my husband and very professional on her knowledge. Dr Swan has a very easy manner and was very thorough and really informative. He spent plenty of time explaining and was clear about the benefits and drawbacks to my husbands procedure. The whole appointment was very relaxed and informative. We'll post how the procedure went soon!"- G.J. / Yelp / Aug 06, 2018
"Very friendly and accommodating staff. I have a corneal disease and they really know their stuff!"- C.S. / Facebook / Jul 31, 2018
"Our son had a difficult case of Keratoconus that had not been diagnosed for 35 years. When it was diagnosed we took him to Dr. Swan and he found that cross linking was a good option. They were very caring and professional throughout the process. They explained things well and answered all questions that were asked. Upon completion of the cross linking they referred him to get scleral lenses at Advanced Eye Care. He started out with about 20/200 vision and after cross linking and the scleral lenses he how has 20/25 vision. That is a miracle. Dr Swan is the real thing and we cannot say enough about the fantastic, professional and life changing service that they provide at Vance Thompson Vision."- O. / Google / Jul 24, 2018
"The care I received in beyond compare. The doctor and all of the staff actually do their best to make sure the patient is fully knowledgeable about options. The information provide before and after surgeries made me comfortable and positive about the results. That attitude alone helped me heal quickly and with confidence. I don't say that lightly. Can't imagine a more professional doctor and staff!!!"- K.W. / Google / Jul 18, 2018
This surgery is all about you. A great candidate will come to a consultation prepared to discuss strategies to treat glaucoma. You may be a candidate for the Ahmed tube shunt if you:
- Had other intensive glaucoma surgeries or laser treatments that were unsuccessful
- Had a traumatic injury to the eye, which led to the growth of extensive amounts of scar tissue on the eye
- Have glaucoma associated with health issues like diabetes, vascular eye disease, or inflammation
- Have pediatric glaucoma
You can find out if you qualify for the Ahmed tube shunt by confiding in an experienced eye care provider will listen to your story, assess your condition with world-class technology, and then make a diagnosis. There is no one-size-fits-all treatment to address this adverse medical condition. Vance Thompson Vision would like to help.
In our outpatient surgical center, your Ahmed tube shunt implantation surgery will be performed by an ophthalmologist surgeon. To relieve pressure on the optic nerve, your surgeon will create a passageway with the shunt that drains fluid from the inside of your eye to behind it. Then the excess fluid will be naturally excreted into the veins. You will not be able to see the shunt because it will reside within the eye itself. Once your surgeon has completed the surgery, your eye will be taped shut and bandaged with a patch to cover the eye. Also, it is routine to place a drop of medication (apraclonidine or brimonidine) in the eye after this surgery to decrease the risk of an intraocular pressure spike. We will answer your questions and explain this surgery in full detail at your treatment planning appointment.
What to Expect
We will also set up a follow-up schedule to check your intraocular pressure after your surgery, and is ordinarily set 4 – 6 weeks later. Your eye care provider may want to see you every 3 – 4 months depending on the severity of your glaucoma. If medication is prescribed, it is best practices to develop a daily routine to ensure medication is taken properly and consistently. Many of our current patients routinely take their medicine or drops when they wake up, go to sleep, or during meals and snacks.
Take off the pressure
Although patients can be nervous about a new diagnosis of glaucoma, it is important to keep a positive attitude. Glaucoma does not have to limit your lifestyle, and for the most part, you should be able to continue with your regular habits and activities. Take comfort in knowing that many individuals, including our doctors, are stepping up to help glaucoma research initiatives. The eye care community, including the Glaucoma Research Foundation, surges forward in an effort to find better methods to treat glaucoma. Someday there may even be a cure for this disease. Make your first appointment.