Smallest FDA-Approved Medical Device Now Available

October 13th, 2014 by Carolina Eye Associates

Smallest FDA-Approved Medical Device Now Available

For Patients with Glaucoma and Cataracts

Southern Pines, NC – Glaucoma and cataract eye surgeons Dr. Tarra Millender, Daniel Messner and Winston Garris of Carolina Eye Associates announced that they are providing the iStent® Trabecular Micro-Bypass Stent as a treatment option to reduce eye pressure for patients with both cataracts and glaucoma.

The iStent is FDA-approved for use in conjunction with cataract surgery to reduce eye pressure in adult patients with mild-to-moderate open-angle glaucoma currently being treated with glaucoma medicine. In clinical trials, iStent has been shown to safely reduce eye pressure, which is the primary cause of open angle glaucoma.

“This is great news for people who have both a cataract and glaucoma,” says Dr. Millender.  “The eye drops used to treat glaucoma can be difficult to administer and expensive. With iStent, many patients will need less medicine to control their eye pressure and some may not need prescription eye drops at all.”

iStent is the smallest medical device ever approved by the FDA and is placed in a patient’s eye during cataract surgery. Dr. Messner went on to say, “It is so small you are unable to see or feel it after the procedure is done. Although you won’t even know iStent is there, it will be working to help reduce your eye pressure.”

Implanting the iStent does not significantly extend the length of time the patient spends in surgery and has a similar safety profile to cataract surgery alone.

Studies have shown that more than 90% of patients do not comply with their ocular medication dosing regimens and nearly 50% discontinue taking their medications before 6 months. Dr. Garris cautions that, “This can be a serious problem. When pressure in the eye is out of control, it can increase the risk for permanent vision loss. I consider iStent an important advancement in protecting against vision loss for my glaucoma patients.”

Carolina Eye Associates, glaucoma and cataract eye surgeons, Doctors, Tarra Millender, Daniel Messner and Winston Garris are all fellowship trained glaucoma ophthalmologists. If you think you would be a candidate for an iStent, and need additional information on glaucoma, cataracts or other eye diseases, visit www.carolinaeye.com or call 910-255-2095.

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