If you have mild to moderate glaucoma, and are considering cataract surgery, talk with your cataract surgeon about the option of iStent – the world’s smallest FDA approved device. iStent is implanted during cataract surgery. The purpose of the iStent is to lower the eye pressure by providing another drainage route for fluid to flow out of the eye. In some cases, the iStent may reduce your dependency on glaucoma eye drops after surgery.
The overall risks of performing cataract surgery with the iStent are similar to cataract surgery alone. It has been implanted into more than 300,000 eyes worldwide. The iStent is covered by Medicare and most private insurance companies.