The Glaukos® iStent® is an exciting new technology for the treatment of glaucoma, and Virginia Eye Consultants is the first in Hampton Roads to offer the procedure. The iStent® is the first FDA-approved trabecular micro-bypass technology that improves the eye’s natural fluid outflow to safely lower eye pressure by creating a permanent opening in the trabecular meshwork.
Similar to Trabectome, the iStent® is a minimally invasive surgery, known as MIGS (Minimally Invasive Glaucoma Surgery). In fact, the iStent® is the smallest medical device ever approved by the FDA and is truly a revolution in glaucoma treatment. It is so small, patients aren’t able to see or feel it after surgery; although, it is continuously working to help reduce eye pressure. Virginia Eye Consultants’ Dr. Constance Okeke is the first in the Hampton Roads area to provide both Trabectome and iStent® procedures to patients.
The procedure is FDA approved to be performed during cataract surgery in patients with mild to moderate glaucoma. Great candidates for Glaukos® iStent® are those with visually significant cataract and open-angle glaucoma currently taking ocular hypotensive medications.
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If you have both glaucoma and cataracts, ask your eye doctor if iStent® is right for you. We invite you to call and learn more about our procedures for treating glaucoma. Contact us to schedule your consultation with one of our Virginia Beach eye surgeons and learn about your treatment options.