Louisiana Eye & Laser Center is the first eye clinic in central Louisiana to provide to patients the iStent® Trabecular Micro-Bypass Stent as a treatment option to reduce eye pressure for patients with both cataracts and glaucoma. The iStent is FDA-approved for use in conjunction with cataract surgery to reduce eye pressure in adult patients with mild-to-moderate open-angle glaucoma currently being treated with glaucoma medicine. In clinical trials, iStent has been shown to safely reduce eye pressure, which is the primary cause of open-angle glaucoma.
With iStent, many patients will need less medicine to control their eye pressure, and some may not need prescription eye drops at all. iStent is the smallest medical device ever approved by the FDA and is placed in a patient’s eye during cataract surgery. Implanting the iStent does not significantly extend the length of time the patient spends in surgery and has a similar safety profile to cataract surgery alone.
Benefits of iStent
- Most patients are able to achieve and maintain normal eye pressure following the procedure.
- The device helps to restore the eye’s natural ability to drain the fluid that causes the increased pressure inside the eye.
- Patients may be able to reduce or eliminate the need for costly glaucoma drops.
To learn more, or if you have glaucoma and have been diagnosed with a cataract, call Louisiana Eye & Laser Center at 318-228-1467 or request an appointment with one of our eye doctors.