We are committed to using the world’s most advanced technology and techniques to halt glaucoma, limit damage to your optic nerve, and save your sight. If you have been diagnosed with glaucoma, Vance Thompson Vision offers a minimally invasive procedure to decrease intraocular pressure and a reliance on glaucoma medications. Fellowship-trained ophthalmologist Dr. Deborah Ristvedt consults with patients in Alexandria, MN for endoscopic cyclophotocoagulation (ECP) as a glaucoma treatment that aims to decrease the amount of fluid produced by the eye.
Please feel free to consult with our staff or the surgeons at Vance Thompson Vision for your glaucoma treatment and care. Our team is nationally recognized for glaucoma research and surgery. We invest a lot of time and resources to glaucoma research in hopes to really give our patients the latest and greatest treatments we can. Let us take a closer look at your eyes to see if ECP is the option for you.
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ECP is generally not the first step in glaucoma care for patients. Medications and other surgeries, such as a shunt or trabeculectomy, are generally tried first before ECP to avoid such an aggressive treatment. Candidates for ECP may also have cataracts, high levels of intraocular pressure, limited vision, and/or do not qualify for other glaucoma surgeries.
As an outpatient procedure, an ECP involves inserting a probe into the eye through the incision made in cataract surgery. Your ophthalmologist surgeon then targets and applies laser energy to the ciliary body epithelium, which controls the production of fluid in the eye. The laser energy causes inflammation and scarring of the ciliary epithelium, thus decreasing the amount of fluid it produces. The procedure aims to lower the intraocular pressure. ECP is usually, but not always, performed at the same time as cataract surgery in patients with mild to moderate glaucoma. This laser treatment is performed with great precision, allowing for shorter surgical times and a faster post-operative recovery.
What to Expect
The benefit of having ECP is that you may end up not needing glaucoma medications in the long term, allowing you to lead a healthy life. Glaucoma does not have to limit your lifestyle, and you should be able to continue with your regular habits and activities for the most part. Take comfort in knowing that many individuals, including our doctors, are stepping up to take 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.
- Recovery Time
- 1 - 7 days
- Procedure Time
- 5 minutes
- Follow Up Time
- 1 day, 1 week, 1 month
- Recovery Location
You Have Options to Explore
Depending on your specific glaucoma condition, we have several options in surgical and minimally invasive procedures at Vance Thompson Vision. Contact our office for a comprehensive consultation with Dr. Ristvedt in Alexandria, MN for this sight-saving procedure that will help you preserve your vision.