iStent is the first micro-invasive glaucoma surgery device that improves your eye’s natural fluid outflow to safely lower eye pressure by creating a permanent opening in the trabecular meshwork. Eye Associates of Tallahassee is pleased to be among the first in our region to offer this advanced technology
Benefits of the iStent:
- Is safely implanted during cataract surgery
- Spares important eye tissue that is often damaged by traditional surgeries
- Does not limit treatment options that could help maintain your vision in the future
iStent is the smallest medical device ever approved by the FDA. It is placed in your eye during cataract surgery and is so small that you won’t be able to see or feel it after the procedure is over. iStent is designed to create a permanent opening in your trabecular meshwork, and works continuously to improve the outflow of fluid from your eyes to help control eye pressure.
Prescription eye drops
In many cases, your eye doctor will begin treatment of glaucoma with medicated eye drops. There are different types of medically prescribed topicals that can help treat your eye disease. If your eye doctor prescribes more than 1 type of eye drop it is important to make sure that you follow all specific instructions for applying each type of drop. Your Tallahassee eye doctor will discuss with you the best way to apply the medication(s) as well as the guidelines to follow for timeframes between each application.
Argon Laser Trabeculoplasty (ALT)
ALT the most common laser surgery performed for open-angle glaucoma. The objective of the surgery is to help fluids drain out of the eye, reducing intra-ocular pressure that can cause damage to the optic nerve and loss of vision.
Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty (SLT)
This is a relatively new laser treatment for open angle glaucoma. The objective of the treatment is to help fluids drain out of the eye, reducing intra-ocular pressure that can cause damage to the optic nerve and loss of vision. The selective technique is much less traumatic to the eye than ALT, which has been the standard laser procedure.
Tube Shunt Surgery
When the risk is high that other glaucoma treatment options will fail, an aqueous shunt surgery may be recommended. With this outpatient procedure, a flexible glaucoma drainage device is implanted in the eye to divert aqueous humor (the fluid inside the eye) from the inside of the eye to an external reservoir small tube or valve placed in the eye through a tiny incision. The tube shunt is made of silicone or polypropylene, a material that won’t break down in the body. The entire implant is covered with the eye’s own external covering.
Traditionally, tube shunts were used to control eye pressure in patients in whom other treatments had previously failed, or in patients who have had previous surgeries or trauma that caused scarring of the conjunctiva. Tube shunts have also been successful in controlling eye pressure in other types of glaucoma, such as glaucoma associated with uveitis or inflammation, neovascular glaucoma (associated with diabetes or other vascular eye diseases), pediatric glaucoma, traumatic glaucoma, and others.