iStent®

An Exciting Technology For The Treatment Of Glaucoma

Dr. Levine is now able to add another step to your cataract surgery that allows your glaucoma to be treated in a completely new way with an iStent Trabecular Micro Bypass Stent. This is important because, once diagnosed with glaucoma, you and most patients like you will spend the rest of your lives taking one, two or even three different prescription eye drops. Unfortunately, you will need to use these drops every day, which will not only be inconvenient, but potentially very expensive. The  iStent Trabecular Micro Bypass Stent can help with this, and you can have it done at the same time you have cataract surgery.

What is iStent?

iStent is for patients diagnosed with mild to moderate glaucoma. At this stage of the disease, your vision may be unaffected. But without proper treatment the pressure in your eye could increase and your optic nerve could be damaged. This procedure is caused by the buildup of fluid within your eye. Too much fluid raises pressure, which can cause gradual loss of vision. While glaucoma moves slowly, its damage is irreparable. Once you start to lose vision, you can never get it back again. By increasing your eye's ability to drain fluid, this technology is designed to improve the aqueous outflow to safely lower your eye pressure. 

How iStent Works

iStent works like the stents used to prevent heart attacks and strokes. When blood vessels get clogged, a stent creates access to the vessel flow.

While it's a highly innovative technology, the way iStent works is elegantly simple:

  • If you have glaucoma, over time your eye's natural drainage system becomes clogged.

  • iStent creates a permanent opening through the blockage to improve the eye's natural fluid outflow.

  • By improving the outflow of fluid in your eye, iStent is designed to lower and control the pressure within your eye. 

For more information, call today to make an appointment with Dr. Levine.