If you have a cataract and also have mild to moderate glaucoma, you could be a candidate for a special type of eye surgery. According to an article published in Ophthalmology Times, intraocular pressure, or IOP, can often be reduced through the insertion of a microstent in conjunction with cataract surgery.
Are you looking for ways to reduce your dependence on glaucoma eye drops? Recent research suggests a routine procedure can help control eye pressure, prevent vision loss and decrease dependence on glaucoma drops.
One Surgery with Several Benefits
Risk for glaucoma and cataracts increase with age, and it is not uncommon for glaucoma patients to also have a cataract. In some cases, cataracts may have a “causative effect on glaucoma” or could develop after glaucoma surgery. Therefore, patients with glaucoma and cataracts have unique vision needs (Glaucoma Research Foundation).
Some patients with glaucoma and cataracts may benefit from a dual procedure: the insertion of a microstent during cataract surgery.
What is a Microstent?
A microstent is a tiny device that a surgeon implants in the eye to open up the constricted channels to allow fluid to flow more freely through the eye’s natural drain. This procedure is minimally invasive because it uses the same incision from the cataract removal, which results in faster healing time than traditional glaucoma surgery.
Microstent insertion often pairs well with cataract surgery because the surgeon can use the same incision. Randomized studies found stents can significantly lower patients’ eye pressure and reduce the need for medicated eye drops. One of the greatest advantages of a microstent is its small size. About the size of an eyelash, it cannot be seen or felt in the eye.
Call Your Ophthalmologist
Do you have a cataract and glaucoma? Talk to your ophthalmologist about whether you are a candidate for a microstent in conjunction with cataract surgery. One procedure could provide clear vision, improve eye pressure and reduce dependence on glaucoma drops. Your eye doctor can review your medical file and make recommendations based on your individual needs.
Schedule a comprehensive eye exam with your eye doctor to discuss your vision health. Glaucoma rarely has symptoms in the early stages, so do not wait for a problem before visiting your eye doctor. Make yearly eye exams a part of your preventative care. If you are not under the care of a board-certified physician, click here. You can access a list of ophthalmologist in your area.