Glaucoma, a buildup of pressure within the eye that can cause permanent vision loss, is often treated with eye drops that reduce the pressure. Glaucoma eye drops work by relaxing the muscles in the eye, reducing the production of fluid, or increasing drainage.
While some people with glaucoma prefer eye drops to surgery, others dislike the side effects, hassle, and expense of using the drops day after day.
iStent® is an innovative FDA-approved glaucoma treatment that can reduce or eliminate the need for eye drops. The extremely tiny titanium devices can be inserted into the tissue that drains fluid away from the eye to reduce the pressure of glaucoma and preserve eyesight. Inserting iStent® devices is a minimally invasive glaucoma surgery which has already been performed on hundreds of thousands of eyes. The surgery has a low risk of complications, and can be performed during cataract surgery or separately.
“This is an exciting option for patients who are not getting good results with glaucoma eyedrops or are tired of the frequency or expense of glaucoma eyedrops”, said Dr. David C. Brown, 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.”
If you want to discuss iStent® and other glaucoma treatment options, please request an appointment today.
Glaucoma is the second-leading cause of blindness in the United States. Because most people with glaucoma have no early symptoms or pain, it often goes undiagnosed. As you age beyond 40, your risk of developing glaucoma and irreversible nerve damage increases. Seeing your eye doctor regularly is the only way to diagnose and treat glaucoma before it permanently damages your eyesight.