Treatment for Glaucoma During Cataract Surgery
Some cataract patients also suffer from mild to moderate open-angle glaucoma, a common form of glaucoma in which there is blockage in the trabecular meshwork of the drainage canals of the eyes. When fluid cannot escape the eyes, intraocular pressure starts to build. This can lead to damage of the optic nerve, permanent vision loss and even blindness.
The good news is that now cataract patients can have their glaucoma condition treated during cataract surgery in Dallas with iStent inject®.
How iStent inject Works
iStent inject is an outpatient procedure in which two tiny stents are gently placed in your eye during cataract surgery. These stents provide two permanent openings in the trabecular meshwork for fluid to flow out of the eyes. The smallest medical devices that have been approved by the FDA, they will be completely invisible and you will not feel them in your eyes. However, they will be working hard to help your eyes naturally and continually maintain the right levels of intraocular pressure.
What to Expect After iStent inject in Dallas
Because this procedure is done during cataract surgery, your eyes will be healing from both procedures at the same time. Antibiotic and anti-inflammatory medicated eye drops may be prescribed to aid in the healing process. Some patients may be able to reduce or eliminate the need for glaucoma eye drop medications after their eyes have stabilized. Regular eye exams will allow your doctor to monitor the outcome of your treatment.
To learn more about this type of glaucoma treatment in Dallas, Texas, contact us today to schedule an eye exam.