If you have mild to moderate glaucoma, you hardly need for someone to explain the enormous impact that pressure buildup can have on your eyes. As a glaucoma specialist, Daniel Krivoy, MD, understands this, which is why he offers the iStent® to his patients in Los Angeles, California. This microscopic stent has helped over 300,000 eyes around the world find relief from the debilitating pressure of glaucoma. To learn more, call 310-838-0202.
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.
Dr. Krivoy 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 Dr. Krivoy. Armed with your glaucoma history and a clear understanding of your goals, he can help you decide which treatment option is right for your situation.
If you and Dr. Krivoy decide that the iStent is a good solution for your glaucoma, rest assured that he takes 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 Dr. Krivoy prescribes. You should also tell him whether you’re taking other medications for unrelated health conditions.
Dr. Krivoy performs the iStent procedure in his office and uses a local anesthesia for your comfort. He implants 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. Dr. Krivoy supplies 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 Daniel Krivoy, MD, or schedule an appointment online with the booking tool.