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Glaucoma Surgery

Comprehensive Glaucoma Treatment Options at Santa Monica Eye Medical Group

Comprehensive glaucoma treatment options at Santa Monica Eye Medical Group. MIGS, SLT, laser procedures, and Durysta injections. Can be billed to insurance.

Glaucoma Surgery Explained

At Santa Monica Eye Medical Group, we understand the importance of effective glaucoma treatment. Our experienced ophthalmologists provide a range of advanced procedures to help manage this sight-threatening condition. We offer various treatment options, including Microinvasive Glaucoma Surgery (MIGS), Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty (SLT), Laser Peripheral Iridectomy, and Durysta injections. Read on to learn about the benefits of each treatment, who is a good candidate, and how they can address specific glaucoma concerns.

Advanced MIGS Procedures for Optimal Glaucoma Management

Microinvasive Glaucoma Surgery (MIGS) represents a breakthrough in glaucoma treatment. At Santa Monica Eye Medical Group, we offer the following MIGS procedures, all of which are can be billed to insurance

The iStent is a tiny implant placed during cataract surgery to improve the eye’s natural drainage and reduce intraocular pressure. This minimally invasive procedure offers long-term benefits for patients with open-angle glaucoma.

The Hydrus micro-stent is designed to enhance aqueous outflow and lower intraocular pressure in patients with mild to moderate primary open-angle glaucoma. This procedure has shown promising results in reducing medication dependence.

Canaloplasty is a non-penetrating glaucoma surgery that enhances the eye’s natural drainage system using a microcatheter. It offers a comprehensive and lasting solution for patients with open-angle glaucoma.

Trabeculectomy is a traditional glaucoma surgery that creates a new drainage channel to reduce intraocular pressure. This procedure is suitable for patients with advanced glaucoma or those who have not responded to other treatments.

Non-invasive Glaucoma Relief with Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty (SLT)

Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty (SLT) is a safe and effective procedure for managing open-angle glaucoma. This treatment utilizes a specialized laser to improve drainage and lower intraocular pressure. Key benefits of SLT include:

SLT is a procedure that can be billed to insurance, making it accessible to eligible patients.

 SLT is a non-surgical procedure, minimizing discomfort and downtime.

SLT has shown excellent results in reducing intraocular pressure and reducing the need for medication in many patients.

SLT can be repeated if necessary, providing long-term control of intraocular pressure.

Benefits of Glaucoma Surgery


Can be billed to insurance

Laser Peripheral Iridectomy is a procedure can be billed to insurance, ensuring accessibility for eligible patients.

Minimally invasive

This procedure is performed with a laser, eliminating the need for incisions.

Preventive measure

Laser Peripheral Iridectomy can help prevent acute glaucoma attacks in patients at risk.

Quick and efficient

The procedure is usually completed within minutes, with minimal discomfort.

Overview of Glaucoma Surgery


Glaucoma surgery may be recommended for patients with moderate to advanced glaucoma who have not achieved adequate pressure control with medication or other treatments. Each patient’s eligibility will be assessed by our expert ophthalmologists during a comprehensive evaluation.

Yes, the glaucoma treatment options we offer, including MIGS, SLT, Laser Peripheral Iridectomy, and Durysta injections, can be billed to insurance. We work closely with insurance providers to ensure our patients receive the necessary care without financial burdens.

Like any surgical procedure, glaucoma surgery carries some risks, such as infection, bleeding, or changes in vision. However, our experienced ophthalmologists prioritize patient safety and take necessary precautions to minimize these risks.

The results of Glaucoma surgery are permanent. Once the clouded lens is removed and replaced with an IOL, it will not develop Glaucoma again.


Whether you are seeking a minimally invasive solution like MIGS or SLT, or require a procedure such as Laser Peripheral Iridectomy or Durysta injections, our experienced ophthalmologists are here to guide you through the process. We understand the importance of individualized care and take the time to evaluate your condition thoroughly, ensuring that you receive the most suitable treatment option.

"Dr Stelzner saw me right away and stopped my issue before
it became serious. She also is thoughtful and thinks about the whole picture - a great doctor – not just one to do an eye exam and send you on your way"



"I've been coming here for about 5 years now because I have a difficult prescription and love this Eye group. Everyone here is super friendly especially the lady at the glasses desk. Highly recommend this office, it's a great customer experience"



"Very friendly staff and knowledgeable optometrist. They are helpful and courteous without being pushy or trying to force you to buy something you're not ready to buy yet. The optometrist was very professional and did a great job explaining the changes in my prescription and the new lenses I'd have to choose from as my previous brand is no longer on the market. 5/5 would recommend to anyone needing a good eye doctor in Los Angeles"



"I am very lucky to have found Santa Monica Eye Medical Group. Having seen good reviews about the office, and now done a procedure with them, I completely understand why they have such great reviews. The staff is great, extremely competent, very professional, and friendly...Santa Monica Eye Medical Group has assembled a team of elite, competent, caring healthcare professionals. Very strong recommend"



"Dr. Braun was absolutely wonderful. Professional, enthusiastic, knowledgeable, warm, caring andunderstanding. She practically answered my many questions before I could get them out."



"The doctors and tech and front desk receptionists are all so incredibly warm and smart and they make the experience enjoyable. My tech was so assuring and wonderful. Thank you"



"Great experience. Super clean and Covid safe. Saw Dr. Stelzner right away. Dr. Stelzner is a wonderful, thorough doctor. Everything is very pleasant and professional. Highly recommended"



"I received a new multifocal PanOptic lens for my right eye as I had early stage cataracts. The surgery by Dr. Stelzner and the support of her medical team were terrific. My follow up and care by her office staff was great as well. For those in need I would highly recommend her and staff for your surgery. You will be in caring skillful hands"




Trust your vision to the experienced team at Santa Monica Eye Medical Group. Contact us today to schedule a consultation or learn more about our cataract surgery services. Rediscover a clear vision and enhance your quality of life with our comprehensive solutions.