Dr. Richard Gordon offers the iStent® at his Pomona, NY, practice to help patients manage glaucoma. This tiny tube – essentially a drain – is designed for placement during cataract surgery. Once in place, the iStent® helps improve fluid drainage and maintain a healthy intraocular pressure (IOP). The iStent® is so small that you will not be able to see or feel it. Placement is a very simple procedure that can provide long-term relief. The device can also eliminate or minimize the need for eye drops, oral medication, and additional surgery. Contact us to learn more about this innovative device and how it can benefit you.
If you suffer from cataracts, as well as mild to moderate open-angle glaucoma, you may be a candidate for the iStent®.
What is the iStent®?
The iStent® is the smallest medical device ever approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. After creating an incision in your cornea, Dr. Gordon will position the iStent® in your trabecular meshwork, which is responsible for allowing fluid to drain from the anterior chamber of the eye (the area between the iris and the inner corneal surface). The device is 20,000 times smaller than the IOLs placed during cataract surgery, and can provide dramatic results when it comes to managing your glaucoma. Once in place, the iStent® improves drainage. In this way, it can keep pressure from building up and damaging your optic nerve.
The iStent® is the smallest device ever approved by the FDA.
Are You a Candidate for the iStent®?
The iStent® is designed to be placed during cataract surgery. If you suffer from cataracts as well as mild to moderate open-angle glaucoma, you may be a candidate for the iStent®. By measuring your IOP and the condition of your optic nerve, Dr. Gordon can determine whether the iStent® is right for you. If you suffer from closed-angle glaucoma, thyroid eye disease, or certain other eye conditions, the iStent® may not be recommended. Your ophthalmologist will take a complete medical history at your cataract consultation to determine if you are an iStent® candidate.
Benefits and Risks of the iStent®
The iStent® will create a permanent opening in your trabecular meshwork. Therefore, it can dramatically improve your long-term ocular health. After placement, you may be able to reduce or even eliminate your need for glaucoma medications. The iStent® can also do away with the need for future glaucoma surgeries. At the same time, it will not limit your options should you require additional treatment in the future. Finally, the iStent® involves less impact to your ocular tissues than other forms of glaucoma treatment. Therefore, placement will involve minimal recovery time and post-operative discomfort.
Because the iStent® is so tiny, the device poses very few risks. However, it is important to understand that all medical procedures involve at least a small degree of risk. The risks of the iStent® include corneal swelling, minor vision loss, stent obstruction, and corneal abrasion. These risks can be dramatically minimized when you trust your care to an experienced surgeon.
To schedule your consultation with Dr. Gordon, contact Ramapo Ophthalmology Associates today. Dr. Gordon will conduct a thorough examination to determine if the iStent® can benefit you.