Understanding Your Options
Glaucoma can be successfully treated, but early detection is vital, which is why most eye care professionals check for glaucoma during regular eye exams.
Determining your best glaucoma treatment option begins by talking to your eye care professional, who can help you get a clear and specific understanding of your glaucoma treatment needs. Together, you’ll be able to come up with a plan to manage your condition. If you have been diagnosed with mild-to-moderate glaucoma, some treatment options your eye care professional may recommend include:
Prescription Eye Drops for Glaucoma
The most common treatment for high eye pressure and glaucoma is prescription eye drops. When taken as directed, glaucoma eye drops can reduce high eye pressure most commonly by decreasing the amount of fluid created or by helping fluid drain from the eye.
Your doctor may prescribe more than one type of medication to manage your glaucoma over time. Be sure to tell your eye care professional if you’re taking other medications that may interfere with glaucoma eye drop medications.
There are several types of laser treatments available to treat glaucoma. Occasionally, laser surgery can help eliminate the need for glaucoma eye drops, however in many cases, patients will need to continue taking glaucoma medicines after the procedures.
The most common laser procedure is laser trabeculoplasty, which involves a high-intensity beam of light aimed through a lens and reflected onto the trabecular meshwork inside your eye. You may see flashes of bright green or red light as the laser makes several evenly-spaced burns that facilitate drainage of fluid through the meshwork.
Micro-Invasive Glaucoma Surgery (MIGS) with iStent®
The iStent® is a tiny medical implant—the smallest known to be implanted in the human body—that is designed to restore your eye’s natural ability to drain fluid out of the eye to reduce glaucoma pressure. The first MIGS device approved by the FDA, iStent® is designed for patients with cataracts and glaucoma, and is implanted at the time of cataract surgery. You won’t see or feel iStent® after it’s inserted, but it is designed to effectively manage your eye pressure. Shown to be safe and effective in a U.S. pivotal trial, iStent® has already been implanted in more than 200,000 eyes around the world, with more and more procedures happening daily.
Speak with an iStent® Physician Today
Help is right around the corner. Leading eye professionals across the country offer iStent® for the treatment and control of eye pressure associated with mild-to-moderate open-angle glaucoma, and are available to answer your questions. Find out if you are a candidate for iStent® by talking with an iStent® physician in your area today.Find an an iStent® Physician