iStent Micro-Invasive Glaucoma Device
iStent® is not only the world’s smallest medical implant known to be implanted in the human body — it also started a revolution in glaucoma treatment as the first Micro-Invasive Glaucoma Surgery (MIGS) device. The first MIGS device approved by the FDA, today iStent® has been implanted in over 300,000 eyes around the world, with more and more patients benefiting from the iStent® procedure every day.
This tiny implant can also make a huge impact for patients who receive it. Once implanted in the eye, the device can help restore normal pressure in the eye. The iStent® is designed to:
• Restore your eye’s natural ability to drain the fluid that causes the increased pressure inside your eye
• Keep eye pressure at a normal level
• This may allow your doctor to reduce or eliminate your need for glaucoma medication
Each tiny iStent® implant is comprised of a surgical titanium micro-bypass stent that’s preloaded in a single use sterile inserter. The specially designed inserter helps your eye surgeon maneuver the implant for accurate, micro-targeted placement.
Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty
SLT is an advanced, non-thermal laser therapy works by stimulating a natural healing response in the eye to manage intraocular pressure. Utilizing nanosecond laser technology, SLT promotes cellular regeneration without the burn and scar tissue associated with other laser procedures. SLT is a highly effective approach for first-line glaucoma treatments, adjunct therapy with drugs, and alternative therapy when drugs or surgery fail. It is also a flexible treatment option, because it can be repeated, if necessary, depending on the individual patient’s response.This laser treatment is used to manage open angle glaucoma. The 5-minute procedure is performed in the office and the effect lasts 3-5 years. It is an excellent treatment to use instead of or in addition to glaucoma drops.
Laser Peripheral Iridotomy
This is a very effective treatment to prevent angle closure glaucoma in persons at risk. A 5-minute laser procedure is performed in the office after instilling drops in the eye. After the laser drops are used for 1 week only. Usually only one session is needed, but it can be repeated if necessary.