Glaucoma is an eye disease that threatens your vision causing optic nerve damage. It is most often formed due to increased pressure in the eye, caused by poor drainage of the natural fluid (aqueous humor), which is necessary to supply nutrients to the cornea and lens. Glaucoma tends to be inherited an may not show up until later in life. Because most people don’t have early symptoms or pain from the high pressure, it is important to see your eye doctor regularly so that you can achieve quick diagnosis and receive the treatment you need.
Eye drops (First line of activity): Eye drop medications lower IOP by either reducing the amount of fluid entering the eye of increasing the amount of fluid exiting the eye. There are several different kinds of glaucoma medications, and each differs in terms of both its ability to lower IOP and its potential side effects. Laser therapy often is used when medications fail to lower IOP; it is also used for patients who cannot tolerate medications due to side effects.
Glaukos iStent: There is an exciting new technology for glaucoma patients that will be having cataract surgery. Learn more about the iStent implant, which lowers intraocular pressure and helps to manage mild to moderate open-angle glaucoma. Patients who have had the iStent placed may experience a reduction in the need for glaucoma medications.
- iStent is the first MIGS device that improves your eye’s natural fluid outflow to safely lower eye pressure by creating a permant opening in the trabecular meshwork, and works continuously to improve the outflow of fluid from your eyes to help control eye pressure. Proven safe and effective, the iStent Trabecular Micro-Bypass is safely implanted during cataract surgery, spares important eye tissue often damaged by traditional surgeries and doesn’t limit treatment options that could help maintain your vision in the future. iStent is the smallest medical device every approved by the FDA.
- iStent is the smallest medical device every approved by the FDA. It is placed in your eye during cataract surgery and is so small that you won’t be able to see or feel it after the procedure is over.