Los Angeles, CA | iStent Inject Patient Video | Ophthalmology Associates of the Valley

This video discusses a different option for glaucoma surgery. The iStent inject purpose is to decrease the intraocular pressure within your eye.


Speaker 1: Glaucoma is a common vision condition that affects millions of people around the world and can have a significant impact on your quality of life. If your doctor has recommended you undergo cataract surgery, you now have a once in a lifetime opportunity to treat your mild to moderate open angle glaucoma at the same time as your cataract surgery with the iStent inject.

Speaker 1: Glaucoma is a progressive disease of the eye that, if left untreated, can cause vision impairments or even blindness. The most significant risk factor for the development and progression of open angle glaucoma is elevated pressure in the eye. This increase in eye pressure, also known as intraocular pressure, occurs when the fluid in the eye accumulates and cannot drain naturally. High intraocular pressure can potentially lead to permanent vision loss. Unfortunately, there is no cure for glaucoma. Most people take one, two or even three medications daily to control their glaucoma.

Speaker 1: However, if you are currently managing your glaucoma with medications and are now preparing for cataract surgery, the iStent inject may be an ideal option for you. FDA-approved iStent inject is the world's smallest medical device known to be implanted in the human body. To help control the increased interocular pressure associated with glaucoma, two tiny stents are gently inserted in your eye during your cataract surgery. Once inserted, you will not be able to see or feel the device. iStent inject works by creating two bypasses, or openings, between the front part of your eye and its natural drainage pathway to help restore your eye's natural ability to drain fluid.

Speaker 1: By lowering eye pressure, iStent inject may also reduce your need for glaucoma medications, but this will be at the discretion of the eyecare professional managing your glaucoma. Worldwide, iStent inject is helping people with glaucoma successfully manage their intraocular pressure. Talk to your doctor today to find out if iStent inject is right for you. As with all procedures, there can be risks associated with this device. Speak with your doctor to understand the important safety information or visit glaukos.com.