iStent® Glaucoma Surgery Reduces or Eliminates the Need for Glaucoma Eye Drops
At Eye Centers of Florida, our mission is to provide the latest technology to our patients to treat a wide variety of eye diseases. We believe that offering advanced treatments for common eye problems is one of the keys to effective eye care.
With those priorities in mind, we’re proud to offer the iStent® inject® Trabecular Micro-Bypass glaucoma surgery. If you suffer from glaucoma, this simple procedure can virtually eliminate your dependence on other glaucoma treatments, including glaucoma eye drops.
What Is Glaucoma, And Why Does It Need Treatment?
Glaucoma is a group of conditions that cause pressure to build inside your eyes. Often this pressure is caused by your eyes overproducing naturally occurring fluid, or because your eye isn’t draining that fluid properly. In either case, this pressure can permanently damage your optic nerve, leading to blind spots and blurry vision.
Glaucoma is the second-leading cause of blindness in the United States. And because most people with glaucoma have no symptoms or pain in the early stages of development, it often goes undiagnosed. As you reach the age of 40 or older, your risk of developing glaucoma increases, and you should have your eyes checked for glaucoma annually.
Eye Drops: A Treatment Option for Glaucoma
Glaucoma is frequently treated with eye drops which effectively reduce pressure within the eye. Glaucoma eye drops relax your eye muscles, reducing fluid production and increasing fluid drainage. This treatment can prevent your eye pressure from causing any more damage to the optic nerve.
That said, many people prefer the potential for a permanent solution that eye surgery offers. Glaucoma eye drops can have unwanted side-effects, and typically represent a recurring cost compared to the one-time investment of glaucoma surgery. Eye drops are also most useful for less severe cases of glaucoma.
iStent® Glaucoma Surgery: A Lasting Solution
At Eye Centers of Florida, we’re able to provide patients access to iStent® inject® Trabecular Micro-Bypass glaucoma surgery, an innovative and FDA-approved glaucoma treatment that can reduce or eliminate the need for eye drops.
The iStent® is an extremely small titanium device that can be inserted into the tissue around the eye, helping to drain excess fluid. This reduces pressure on the optic nerve and preserves eyesight, offering an alternative to a trabeculectomy, which involves creating entirely new fluid drainage pathways for your eyes.
Inserting an iStent® device is a less invasive option for glaucoma which has already been performed on hundreds of thousands of eyes. The surgery has a low risk of complications, making it an appealing surgical solution to glaucoma. In addition, if you need cataract surgery as well, both procedures can be performed at the same time, making it a dynamic solution.
Eye Centers of Florida Provides Any Glaucoma Surgery You Need
At Eye Centers of Florida, we pride ourselves on providing a variety of management and treatment options for patients with glaucoma. iStent® glaucoma surgery is one of the many ways we’re able to supplement, or prevent the use of, other glaucoma treatments.
“This is an exciting option for patients who are not getting good results with glaucoma eye drops or are tired of the frequency or expense of glaucoma eye drops,” said David C. Brown, M.D., F.A.C.S., the founder of Eye Centers of Florida. “We now have an advanced option that not only effectively manages eye pressure associated with glaucoma, but may also reduce our patients’ reliance on glaucoma medication.”
Whether you’re ready to try a different glaucoma treatment, or just want to learn more about your options, the team at Eye Centers of Florida is here to help. Our highly experienced eye surgeons have helped improve or restore the vision of thousands of patients, and we’re able to provide treatment options that meet your needs.