Glaucoma Treatment with Endoscopic Cyclophotocoagulation – ECP
Endoscopic Cyclophotocoagulation is an innovative treatment that can be very effective in the treatment of glaucoma. Often affecting patients after the age of 40, glaucoma is typically characterized by too much fluid in the eye, caused either by too high a production or inadequate drainage of this fluid, resulting in higher intraocular pressure. The effects of this condition can damage the optic nerve and some of its smaller branches and ultimately lead to blindness if left untreated. Endoscopic Cyclophotocoagulation (ECP) here at Grochmal Eye Center utilizes laser technology to reduce fluid buildup and the need for eye drops and other eye medications after the procedure.
The ECP Procedure
ECP can be performed as a standalone procedure in someone who has already had cataract surgery, or along with cataract surgery for patients who suffer from both cataracts and glaucoma. Our ophthalmologist will use a small instrument equipped with a fiber-optic light to address the area of the eye that is causing the fluid build-up – known as the ciliary body. Laser energy will then target the fluid-producing cells, causing them to stop producing fluid and reducing the high amounts of pressure inside the eye.
The ultimate goal of ECP is to help you diminish and even eliminate the need for glaucoma eye drops. The procedure is typically a quick and virtually painless treatment, which is performed at our Ambulatory Surgery Center. For patients who have this procedure in combination with cataract surgery, our surgeon will first remove the cataract and place an IOL, then perform the ECP procedure.
While every patient is unique and may not have the same response to treatment as others, ECP has proven to be a highly effective glaucoma treatment and has helped many patients reduce the need for further glaucoma medications.