WHAT IS ABIC™?
ABiC™ is based on the same principles as angioplasty. It uses microcatheter technology, provided by the iTrack Surgical System, to enlarge your eye’s natural drainage system, improving outflow and lowering intraocular pressure.
WHO WILL BENEFIT FROM ABIC™?
- If you have primary open-angle, pseudoexfoliation, or pigmentary glaucoma. (If you’re not sure, ask Dr. Mahanti)
- If you are intolerant of glaucoma medications or have difficulty taking them as prescribed.
- If you are about to have cataract surgery and wish to use this opportunity to reduce the number of glaucoma medications you are currently taking.
- If it is difficult for you to commit to regular follow-up treatments, due to finances, lack of transportation, or other limitations.
- If you have a history of failed ALT (argon laser trabeculoplasty) treatments.
- ABiC™ is also suitable for patients who wear contact lenses. Patients with contact lenses are unable to undergo the traditional forms of glaucoma surgery (trabeculectomy or shunt).
WHAT HAPPENS DURING THE PROCEDURE?
By restoring your eye’s natural drainage system, the pressure inside your eye is usually lowered.
One to three days after the procedure, your intraocular pressure should drop significantly. And of course, Dr. Mahanti will want to re-check the treated eye during periodic follow-up visits.
WHAT ARE THE SIDE EFFECTS OF ABIC™?
- Bleeding in the Eye
- Intraocular Pressure “Spikes”
- The Formation of a Bleb
- Hypotony (IOP too low)