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Endoscopic Cyclophotocoagulation (ECP)

An introduction to Endoscopic Cyclophotocoagulation (ECP) for treating glaucoma.

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Endoscopic Cyclophotocoagulation (ECP)

An introduction to Endoscopic Cyclophotocoagulation (ECP) for treating glaucoma.

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For people who have glaucoma, Endoscopic Cyclophotocoagulation, more commonly known as ECP, may be a surgical treatment option if other options have not been successful. Candidates for ECP have glaucoma that is caused by increased pressure in the eye.

Your eye’s drainage system works like a sink. In the same way a blockage or too much fluid causes a sink to overflow, the eye’s pressure increases without proper drainage. ECP lowers this pressure by reducing the amount of water coming out of the “faucet” by treating the ciliary body — the gland behind the iris that produces fluid in the eye.

During ECP treatment, the surgeon inserts a device with a camera and a light into the eye to precisely visualize and treat the ciliary body. The device uses a laser to shrink the ciliary tissue. ECP is a same-day procedure typically performed at the same time as cataract surgery.

Some patients are able to eliminate glaucoma medication after ECP. Keep in mind that ECP does NOT restore lost vision and the effects of surgery may wear off over time. As with any surgical procedure, there are certain risks factors that you should discuss with your physician.

 

Last reviewed on April 6, 2022

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