What is an iStent®?
Treating glaucoma has never been a mystery — the pressure inside your eyes needs to be relieved. But figuring out how to do that in an extraordinarily tiny area like the inside of your eye has been the major problem. Thankfully, the Glaukos Corporation stepped up with a solution — the iStent.
The iStent first gained approval from the Food and Drug Administration in 2012. Dr. Krivoy adopted the technology early on and successfully uses it to relieve the symptoms of glaucoma in his patients’ eyes.
The iStent creates a drainage pathway through your trabecular meshwork, which is responsible for the fluid buildup in your eyes, allowing the fluid to drain properly.
To say that the iStent is small is an understatement. This titanium device measures a minuscule 1 millimeter, and it's the smallest medical device known to be implanted into the human body.
Am I a candidate for the iStent?
Los Angeles Glaucoma Group uses the iStent for patients who have mild to moderate open-angle glaucoma and who are using ocular hypotensive medications.
The only way to find out whether you're a good candidate for an iStent is to talk with one of our experienced providers. Armed with your glaucoma history and a clear understanding of your goals, we can help you decide which treatment option is right for your situation.
What can I expect during the procedure?
If you and our experienced providers decide that the iStent is a good solution for your glaucoma, rest assured that we take the time to thoroughly explain the process and what you should expect. To give you an overview, here’s a basic look at the before, during, and after of an iStent procedure:
You should continue to take any medications that we prescribe. You should also tell us whether you’re taking other medications for unrelated health conditions.
Our experienced providers perform the iStent procedure in our office and use a local anesthesia for your comfort. We implant the iStent using a sterile, single-use instrument.
You’re free to go home afterward, but you need to arrange for someone to drive you. We supply you with antibiotic and anti-inflammatory eye drops, as well as after-care instructions.
To learn more about how this tiny implant can relieve your glaucoma, call us or schedule an appointment online with the booking tool.
We see patients for Glaucoma, Cataract Surgery, General Ophthalmology, and more. Call Los Angeles Glaucoma Group at our Torrance or Culver City, Ca Location today.