iStent for Glaucoma Eye Surgery
iStent for Los Angeles Glaucoma Eye Surgery is answer for patients suffering from glaucoma eye disease. Several Americans suffer from glaucoma, a condition where there is pressure building up behind your eyes. This increased pressure can cause vision loss through the damage of the optic nerves fibers and it can even result in blindness, if not treated on time. Many a patient use eye drops to combat this problem, but they can be both expensive as well as cumbersome to the patients. In such cases, the iStent for glaucoma eye surgery can be an effective way to combat this problem.
Cataract surgery and glaucoma were two different procedures in the past. However, now they have been combined into one through an FDA approved device called the iStent for glaucoma eye surgery. No, it’s not another phone from the line of Apple phones, but an innovative surgical device implanted in the eye that reduces intraocular pressure. iStent protects the tissue in the eye from being damaged due to pressure. It can be used for rapid recovery of the eyes and allows you to take other treatment options that are inexpensive for preventing the loss of vision.
So, how can you use the iStent?
Before iStent for Los Angeles Glaucoma Eye Surgery
You should continue to use the prescribed eye drops unless and until the doctor asks you to stop. Your surgeon will make a note of all the eye drops you are using, especially if they are blood thinning drops such as Coumadin. Bring along a list of the medicines you are currently using before your iStent operation.
During the iStent for Glaucoma Eye Surgery
The iStent and the cataract procedures are generally performed after administering you with local anesthesia. Your surgeon will initially perform the phacoemulsification procedure on you, if you have any cataract, in order to remove it. The cloudy lens is broken up and removed and in place of it, an artificial intraocular lens is placed. Making use of the same incision, a titanium based iStent for glaucoma eye surgery is placed in the eye by means of a single use, sterilized, preloaded applicator. Your surgeon will then slowly insert the iStent into the trabecular network of your eye and then, push a button in order to release the iStent. This entire procedure takes only about fifteen to twenty minutes in total.
After iStent Glaucoma Eye Surgery
The insertion of iStent in the eye is usually an outpatient procedure and you can return home the very same day as the operation. Your eye may be covered using an eye shield in order to protect the iStent inside it. You can remove the eye shield the next morning after the procedure. You have to use eye drops for the next four to six weeks at least. It is highly possible that you will be seeing your ophthalmologist the day after your operation to get a list of the eye drops to be used in the coming weeks. The time that would be taken to recover would be quite fast after your surgery. Your ophthalmologist may however recommend that you take at least a week off from your work. The iStent is extremely safe to use and is said to reduce intraocular pressure from anywhere between 2 mm to 8 mm HG, when it is combined with the cataract surgery.iStent for Los Angeles Glaucoma Eye Surgery is covered by medical insurance
Other options for Glaucoma Eye Surgery
Express shunt is another option. It can be done at the time of cataract surgery or as a separate procedure.
by Rajesh Khanna, MD