Glaucoma, a condition of increased pressure within the eye, typically occurs
in people over age 60 when fluid builds up in the front part of the eye.
The extra fluid increases the intraocular pressure which can lead to optic
nerve damage and vision loss.
Like Glaucoma, age is also a risk factor for cataracts. Because people
over age 60 may have both glaucoma and cataracts,
Mary Washington Eye Care Center is using a new device that allows the two conditions to be surgically
Using iStent, the world’s smallest medical implant, your eye surgeon
can place a device in your eye during cataract surgery that will regulate
the aqueous fluid in your eye. This device is 20,000 times smaller than
the intraocular lens your surgeon will use to replace cataracts; smaller
than a single grain of sand.
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Allowing your surgeon to add this one step to your cataract surgery can
potentially eliminate the need to use daily eye drops and other medications
to control your eye pressure and help save your vision.
If you have glaucoma and cataracts, consult with our ophthalmologist, Dr.
Demi Dang to see if
iStent is right for you.
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