Technology has always played an important role in eye care. Today, almost every aspect of vision is connected to a product or procedure that was not available even 10 short years ago. The cataract surgery you are scheduled for is a good example of how innovations can make a difference. Every aspect of it uses recently developed technology that will help your doctor improve your vision.
Today, this includes managing your glaucoma.
Make treating your glaucoma a part of treating your cataract
Now, Dr. Husain is able to add another step to your cataract surgery that allows your glaucoma to be treated in a completely new way. This is important because once diagnosed with glaucoma, you and most patients like you will spend the rest of your lives taking one, two or even three different medication drops. Unfortunately, you will need to use these drops every day, which will not only be inconvenient, but potentially very expensive. The iStent Trabecular Micro-Bypass Stent can help with this, and you can have it done at the same time you have cataract surgery. Even so, your eye drop medication use is at the discretion of your prescriber.
iStent: The world's smallest medical implant delivers big results
You have mild-to-moderate glaucoma. At this stage of the disease, your vision may be unaffected. But without proper treatment, the pressure in your eye could increase and your optic nerve could be damaged. This pressure is caused by the buildup of fluid within your eye. Too much fluid raises pressure, which can cause gradual loss of vision. While glaucoma moves slowly, its damage is irreparable. Once you start to lose vision, you can never get it back again.
The world’s tiniest medical device - the iStent Trabecular Micro-Bypass Stent - is 20,000 times smaller than the intraocular lens (IOL) that Dr. Husain will use to replace your cataracts. But the size of iStent is only part of its story. By increasing your eye’s ability to drain fluid, this technology is designed to improve the aqueous outflow to safely lower your eye pressure.
In a US clinical study, 68% of patients who received iStent remained medication-free at 12 months, while sustaining a target IOP of equal or lesser to 21 mm Hg versus only 50% of patients who underwent cataract surgery alone.
iStent: Manage your Glaucoma
iStent works like the stents used to prevent heart attacks and strokes. When blood vessels get clogged, a stent creates access to the vessel flow.
While it’s a highly innovative technology, how iStent works is elegantly simple:
- If you have glaucoma, over time your eye’s natural drainage system becomes clogged
- iStent creates a permanent opening through the blockage to improve the eye’s natural fluid outflow
- By improving the outflow of fluid in your eye, iStent is designed to lower and control the pressure within your eye
If iStent sounds like something you’re interest in, talk to Dr. Husain. He will be able to answer other questions you might have.
If he agrees that iStent is right for you, then he can implant it during your cataract surgery procedure. Once implanted,
iStent will begin working to safely and effectively manage your eye pressure. And because of iStent, you may experience a reduction in glaucoma medications; but this will be at the discretion of your prescriber.