iStent in Dallas / Fort Worth
Treating Glaucoma & Cataracts Simultaneously
As many as three million Americans suffer from glaucoma. This is a serious
eye condition that can cause permanent and irreversible vision loss. Anyone,
of any age, can have it, but it is estimated that at least 50% of glaucoma
sufferers are unaware of their condition.
Extenuating risk factors for glaucoma include:
- Eye injuries
- Steroid / cortisone use
- High eye pressure
- African heritage
- 45 years of age or older, without a history of annual eye exams
- Glaucoma in your family medical history
If you suffer from mild to moderate glaucoma, the good news is that there
are treatments available. Talk to our
Dallas / Fort Worth Metroplex eye doctors at Key-Whitman Eye Center about iStent, an exciting and advanced glaucoma
technology that works to unclog the eye’s natural drainage system
and thus relieve damaging pressure within the eye. If you are scheduled
for a cataract surgery and a sufferer of open-angle glaucoma, you may
be able to manage your glaucoma while treating cataracts simultaneously
using an exciting treatment called the iStent Trabecular Micro-Bypass Stent.
What is iStent?
iStent is the
world’s smallest medical device. It is 20,000 times smaller than the intraocular lens (IOL) your surgeon
will be implanting in your eye as part of your cataract procedure. Despite
its small size, the results of iStent can be life changing.
Here’s how iStent works.
Glaucoma is a condition that occurs when the eye’s natural draining
system is congested and blocked. This leads to high pressure within the
eye that can actually cause serious and irreversible vision loss over
time. iStent is designed to release that pressure by breaking the blockage.
The tiny device is implanted during the cataract surgery and works to
permanently open the blockage creating a path for flow, allowing pressure release.
Consult our Dallas / Fort Worth Metroplex Ophthalmologists.
IStent is not available to patients with severe glaucoma. We will discuss
the available options and alternatives with you as well as any potential
risks or side effects. In some cases, the implantation of the IStent is
not successful. After IStent, it is important to follow the instructions
of your eye doctor and to maintain follow-up visits to monitor your eye
pressure and to watch for potential adverse reactions to the IStent including
but not limited to edema and changes in your vision. It may take up to
3 months for healing and it is not uncommon for your pressures and your
vision to fluctuate during this time. Some patients are able to reduce
their use of glaucoma medicated eye drops however, some are not. We ask
that you never stop using your drops unless your eye doctor has instructed
you to do so.
If it’s time for cataract surgery and you suffer from glaucoma, talk
to our team of experienced, award winning North Texas eye doctors today.
Call Key-Whitman Eye Center for more information or to
schedule an eye exam at one of our six clinic locations in the Dallas / Fort Worth Metroplex.