The AquaFlow is a tiny piece of collagen that is implanted in a space carefully prepared by your doctor under the white of the eye. It maintains the space created by your doctor to increase fluid outflow in order to reduce pressure within the eye. The AquaFlow Collagen Glaucoma Drainage Device when used with a non-penetrating deep sclerectomy procedure has been proven to significantly lower intraocular pressure while minimizing both the complications often associated with penetrating procedures and reducing the need for medications.
The procedure to implant the AquaFlow device requires approximately 30 – 45 minutes from start to finish. In most cases, the patient is made comfortable with a mild sedative while anesthetics are used to numb the eye.
Occasionally, patients require additional sedation. Postoperatively, medications (anti-inflammatories and antibiotic eyedrops) are prescribed. A protective shield may also be worn for a short period of time. Your doctor will probably caution you not to rub your eye following surgery.
Within 6 to 9 months, the AquaFlow is slowly resorbed; leaving a porous matrix of tissue in the space created by the doctor, allowing fluid to continue to drain from the eye to keep intraocular pressure low.