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iSTENT

WHAT IS iSTENT?

The iStent Trabecular Micro-Bypass stent is a new surgical treatment for glaucoma that is designed to lower IOP (intraocular pressure). It may reduce the need for eye drops in patients who are found to be good candidates.  iStent is the smallest medical device ever approved by the FDA and is placed in your eye during cataract surgery. It is so small, you won’t be able to see or feel it after surgery but it will be continuously working to help reduce your eye pressure.

HOW CAN iSTENT HELP ME?

If you have glaucoma you are probably taking one or more eye drops to control your eye pressure. By improving the outflow of fluid from your eyes, iStent works to help control your eye pressure. After implantation of iStent, many patients are able to control their eye pressure. Controlling eye pressure is extremely important to reduce the risk for vision loss due to glaucoma. If you forget to take your eye drops or ‘skip a dose’, this can cause large changes in your eye pressure. Large changes in eye pressure can increases the risk for vision loss. If you have both glaucoma and cataracts, ask if iStent is right for you.