Ahmed™/ BAERVELDT® Valve Implants
A glaucoma valve consists of a small plate with a unique valve system that regulates your eye pressure. Attached to the plate is a tube that drains the fluid out of the eye, thus reducing the eye pressure. The implant is outside the eye, but it is covered by the skin of the eye so it can’t be seen or felt.
The Ahmed™ Glaucoma implant provides effective long term control of intraocular pressure. Implant surgery immediately reduces the pressure in the eye by giving the fluid a means to drain out more effectively. Because the glaucoma implant is a valve, it adjusts itself according to the fluid pressure in the eye. There is a precise control on the amount of fluid that is allowed to flow through it. This ensures that there is no excessive drainage from the eye, which can be a serious problem.
Baerveldt® Glaucoma implants are available in three models, all of which feature a larger surface area plate than single-quadrant devices. This large surface area combines with a streamlined design to result in a proven surgical option for patients suffering from uncontrollable glaucoma.
Implant surgery is done on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia. the total procedure takes about one hour. Postoperatively, you will need to take some medications until your eye is completely healed, including any pain medication for any discomfort you feel. Regular follow-up exams will track the pressure changes in your eye and ensure that the glaucoma implant is working successfully.
Please contact Fraser Eye Care Center and the Eye Care Center of Port Huron to find out the best glaucoma treatment plan for you.