I STENT

If you’ve been managing your glaucoma symptoms with medication, and now are preparing for cataract surgery, 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.

Open Your Eyes to a World of Possibilities

• With iStent®, most patients are able to maintain normal eye pressure after the procedure
• iStent® has an excellent safety profile
• iStent® is covered by Medicare and most private insurance companies

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

You should continue to use any prescribed eye drops until your procedure, unless directed by your surgeon at Arena Eye. Before surgery, your 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 surgeon will see you the day following the surgery.

Recovery time is usually quick, but your 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. Your surgeons at Arena Eye will explain specific risks related to your individual case.