If you have recently been diagnosed with glaucoma, you know that this disease is a progressive eye condition that causes damage to the optic nerve and is often associated with increased eye pressure. Known as the “silent thief of sight”, a diagnosis may be surprising – as patients are oftentimes asymptomatic.
Although damage caused by glaucoma cannot be reversed, there are safe and effective treatment options to help manage the condition. Treatment options include prescription eye drops, laser treatments, and Micro-Invasive Glaucoma Surgery (MIGS). Today, micro-invasive surgical options are available for people interested in effective glaucoma management without having to rely solely on the continuous use of prescription medication. Continue reading to learn more about one micro-invasive surgical option, the iStent inject® W, and to watch our informational video.
What is the iStent inject® W?
iStent inject® W is one of the world’s smallest medical implants and it delivers big results! Implanted during cataract surgery, iStent inject® W includes two tiny stents that are designed to restore your eye’s natural ability to drain fluid and reduce intraocular pressure.
While iStent inject® W is a highly innovative technology, how it works is simple:
- The iStent inject® W contains two tiny surgical-grade titanium stents that create two permanent bypasses between the front part of the eye and its natural drainage pathway to increase the flow of fluid.
- The iStent inject® W is designed to work continuously to improve the eye’s natural flow of fluid to safely lower eye pressure.
In addition, adding iStent inject® W to your cataract surgery can provide a number of benefits. iStent inject® W, which is designed to work continuously, may reduce the number of glaucoma medications needed, at your physician’s discretion. It also carries an excellent overall safety profile.
Want to know more? Watch the video below to learn about glaucoma and the iStent inject® W,