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The best way to keep glaucoma from causing vision loss is to get timely, expert care. The sooner you catch the disease, the easier it is to treat.

At University of Missouri Health Care’s Mason Eye Institute, we offer mid-Missouri's most advanced care for glaucoma from the region’s leading, fellowship-trained glaucoma doctors. This advanced level of training means you get the highest-quality care and the widest range of treatment choices.

As an academic health center, MU Health Care offers experience and services you can’t find anywhere else nearby. Our glaucoma specialists also lead research to find better ways to prevent, diagnose and treat eye disease. That means you can get the latest treatments, including leading-edge glaucoma therapies, through clinical trials.

Leading glaucoma care

Glaucoma often runs in families, so if anyone in your family has the disease, it’s important for you to get checked.

At MU Health Care, our specialists are experts in diagnosing glaucoma. We use leading-edge testing equipment, including noninvasive pattern electroretinography (ERG) and visual evoked potential (VEP) testing. Your doctor will give you a treatment plan that’s based on your individual needs.

Our specialists have the skills needed to do even the most complex eye surgeries. We offer a full range of treatments, including micro-invasive glaucoma surgeries (MIGS) — we’re the only center in central Missouri that can do these types of surgeries.

The latest laser surgeries

Laser surgery uses a focused beam of light to increase the flow of fluid out of the eye, which lowers pressure. The surgery takes place in your doctor's office, and you can usually go back to your normal activities the next day.

We offer the latest, least invasive laser surgeries, including:

  • Endocyclophotocoagulation (ECP)
  • Iridoplasty
  • Iridotomy
  • Micropulse transscleral cyclophotocoagulation (mTSCPC)
  • Selective laser trabeculoplasty

Advanced incisional surgery expertise

Incisional surgery, also called filtering surgery, creates a tiny hole in the white part of your eye to allow fluid to flow out and lower pressure (also called trabeculectomy). In some cases, your doctor places a device (tube or shunt) to keep the hole open and make sure the fluid drains out in the right way. These outpatient procedures mean you don’t have to stay in the hospital overnight, but you'll need to avoid some daily activities for a short time after surgery.

Minimally invasive glaucoma surgery expertise

At MU Health Care, our surgeons have performed many micro-invasive glaucoma surgeries (MIGS), which use microscopic-sized equipment and tiny incisions. MIGS offer shorter recovery times and fewer complications than standard glaucoma surgeries. This type of surgery can be safely done at the same time as cataract surgery, and having MIGS won’t keep you from getting an incisional surgery in the future if it’s needed.

We offer MIGS procedures such as:

  • Microtrabeculectomies
  • Suprachoroidal shunts
  • Trabecular surgery

No matter how far along your disease is, we offer treatments and services to help — including personal consultations with low-vision specialists to help you live well with limited eyesight.