I-Stent

In open angle glaucoma, the aqueous fluid produced by the eye does not drain as quickly as it is produced, leading to a buildup of pressure in the eye. High pressure over time can lead to damage to the optic nerve, which may result in significant vision loss or even blindness. Often, the pressure in the eye can be controlled with medication or laser treatment, but if those treatments are not adequate then your doctor may the I-Stent procedure.

The I-Stent is a tiny device which may be inserted into the trabecular meshwork at the time of cataract surgery. The trabecular meshwork is the filtering channels in the eye through which the aqueous fluid drains. When the filter doesn’t work properly, fluid can build up inside the eye. The device provides a tiny channel which bypasses the filter and allows the fluid to drain through it’s normal pathway.

While optic nerve damage is irreversible, lowering the intraocular pressure with the I-Stent may prevent further vision loss from glaucoma.

Cy-Pass

In open angle glaucoma, the aqueous fluid produced by the eye does not drain as quickly as it is produced, leading to a buildup of pressure in the eye. High pressure over time can lead to damage to the optic nerve, which may result in significant vision loss or even blindness. Often, the pressure in the eye can be controlled with medication or laser treatment, but if those treatments are not adequate then your doctor may the I-Stent procedure.

The Cy-Pass is a tiny device which may be inserted at the time of cataract surgery to bypass the trabecular meshwork. The trabecular meshwork is the filtering channels in the eye through which the aqueous fluid drains. When the filter doesn’t work properly, fluid can build up inside the eye. The device provides a pathway which bypasses the filter and allows the fluid to drain.

While optic nerve damage is irreversible, lowering the intraocular pressure with the Cy-Pass may prevent further vision loss from glaucoma.

Trabeculectomy

In open angle glaucoma, the aqueous fluid produced by the eye does not drain as quickly as it is produced, leading to a buildup of pressure in the eye. High pressure over time can lead to damage to the optic nerve, which may result in significant vision loss or even blindness. Often, the pressure in the eye can be controlled with medication or laser treatment, but if those treatments are not adequate then your doctor may recommend trabeculectomy.

A trabeculectomy is a surgical method to reduce fluid in the eye. It is performed under sterile conditions under local anesthesia in an operating room. The procedure can be done alone or in conjunction with cataract surgery. In a trabeculectomy, your surgeon creats a tiny flap in the sclera (white of the eye) through which fluid inside the eye can drain to the outside, and collects in a small reservoir under the conjunctiva (the lining of the eye). The fluid is then absorbed back into the bloodstream.

Optic nerve damage from glaucoma is irreversible, but controlling the pressure medically or surgically can help prevent further vision loss from glaucoma.

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