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iStent Procedure

Envision Cataract Surgery and Glaucoma Therapy All In One Procedure

  • iStent® Overview

    Your Once-In-A-Lifetime Opportunity to Have Your Glaucoma & Cataracts Addressed at the Same Time
    If you’ve been managing your glaucoma symptoms with medication and have come to our Glendale eye clinic for cataract surgery and treatment, iStent® may be an ideal option for you. iStent® is a tiny implant that’s helped thousands of people with glaucoma successfully manage their intraocular pressure. By taking advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity during cataract surgery, you can help address both of these conditions at the same time.

    Open Your Eyes to a World of Possibilities
    • With iStent®, most patients are able to maintain normal eye pressure after the procedure1
    • iStent® has an excellent safety profile1
    • iStent® is covered by Medicare and most private insurance companies.1

    If you think you may be a candidate for iStent®, talk to your eye care professional today to see if iStent® is right for you.

  • How iStent® Works

    To help control the increased pressure in your eye associated with glaucoma, iStent® creates a bypass between the front part of your eye and its natural drainage pathway to increase the flow of fluid. By creating a permanent bypass through the primary blockage site (trabecular meshwork), iStent® is designed to:

    • Improve your eye’s natural outflow to safely lower intraocular pressure
    • Work continuously to improve the natural flow of fluid in your eyes

  • What To Expect With iStent®

    Before the Procedure
    When you are preparing for your Glendale area cataract surgery and glaucoma treatment, you should continue to use any prescribed eye drops until your procedure, unless directed by your eye care professional. Before surgery, your eye surgeon will go over all the medications you’re currently taking. Be sure to bring a list of your current medications to your pre-operative appointment and be prepared to answer a few questions regarding your medical history.

    During the Procedure
    The cataract removal and iStent® procedure are usually performed under local anesthesia. After your surgeon removes your cataracts, he or she will implant the iStent® device. Once implanted, you will not see or feel the device.

    After the Procedure
    iStent® is an outpatient procedure, which means you’ll be able to go home the same day following your surgery. After the procedure, you will likely receive antibiotic and anti-inflammatory eye drops to use. Your ophthalmologist will likely schedule an appointment to see you the day following the surgery.

    At our Glendale eye clinic, recovery time after your cataract surgery and glaucoma treatment is usually quick, but our doctor may recommend that you take a few days off work. You should also refrain from strenuous activities such as sports, lifting heavy objects, or any straining movements that will increase your eye pressure.

    Risk Factors
    The risks associated with performing cataract surgery with the iStent® are similar to those related to performing cataract surgery alone. For more information regarding specific risks associated with your condition, please talk to your eye care professional, or read complete safety information here.

Contact Socal Vision Center

Please click here or call our Glendale clinic at 818-409-1777 with questions you have about cataract surgery or glaucoma treatment options, or to schedule your iStent procedure consultation with our eye surgeon.