Livingston, NJ - Glaucoma is estimated to affect nearly three million Americans. Only half of those are even aware they have the disease. When glaucoma develops, there may be no early symptoms and vision may deteriorate before the person is aware there is a problem.
All glaucoma treatment options aim to lower the pressure in the eye to prevent vision loss. Eye drops, pills, laser surgery and incisional surgery are some of the treatment options. Until recently, incisional surgery has been reserved for patients that failed all other options. This is because of occasional complications and risks of surgery. Recently a new class of surgeries was developed called “minimally invasive glaucoma surgery”. This group of surgeries offers comparable benefit with much lower complication rates and risks compared with traditional surgery.
In August, Dr. Matthew Hosler began offering one of these innovative procedures at the Barnabas Health Ambulatory Care Center in Livingston, NJ. For the first time, these patients have access to canaloplasty. Dr. Hosler is currently one of only two doctors to offer this in the state of New Jersey. It is safer than trabeculectomy, the more traditional approach, because the eye is not penetrated during the procedure. During the canaloplasty procedure a tiny catheter is inserted to widen Schlemm’s canal to restore the eye’s drainage. Schlemm’s canal collects fluid and deposits it in the bloodstream. Glaucoma can be caused by a blockage of this canal, as fluid production continues and creates high pressure in the eye, damaging vision.
Because canaloplasty is minimally invasive there is a lower risk of post-operative complications, and the procedure can be offered earlier than traditional surgery. It is an excellent option to perform alone or at the same time as cataract surgery. In either case, it can provide better 24-hour eye pressure reduction and allow many patients to discontinue costly eye drop use.
For more information about canaloplasty, or to find out if you or a family member could benefit from this procedure, Dr. Hosler’s office can be reached at 732.382.9000.
Join Dr. Hosler at a free lecture entitled, “What is Glaucoma?” on July 10, 2013, 7 p.m. at the JCC Metrowest, 760 Northfield Ave, West Orange, NJ 07052. For more information or to register please call Heidi Schnapp at 973.322.5620.
Date: March 11, 2013
Contact: Angela Kessler
Director, Public Relations and Marketing
Barnabas Health Outpatient Centers