With over 3 million surgeries performed each year, cataract surgery is the most common surgery in the world. 20% of those patients have also been diagnosed with glaucoma. Traditionally patients suffering from both cataracts and glaucoma were forced to treat each condition separately. Glaucoma is most commonly treated with eye drops or a laser procedure that help to reduce the eye pressure, but with more recent advancements in technology, we can offer treatment for your glaucoma while removing your cataract.
Minimally Invasive Glaucoma Surgery (MIGS)
If you have cataracts and mild-to-moderate open-angle glaucoma, you are a candidate for a Minimally Invasive Glaucoma Surgery (MIGS) at the same time as cataract surgery.
Ludwick Eye Center proudly offers our patients the latest advancement in glaucoma treatment, the iStent Trabecular Micro-Bypass Stent. This stent works by creating a permanent opening through the blockage in the eye’s drainage system to improve the eye’s fluid outflow, resulting in lower eye pressure. The iStent is implanted in your eye at the same time you undergo cataract surgery. During your visit, your doctor will advise if you are a candidate for the iStent so you may gain freedom from your glaucoma eye drops while maintaining a healthy eye pressure.
Will I be able to feel the stent in my eye?
The iStent is so small that you won’t be able to see or feel it after the procedure.
Picture of iStent Micro-Bypass Stent
Is this procedure safe?
Traditionally glaucoma has been managed with prescription eye drops. If a patient’s glaucoma progressed or the patient stopped responding to their eye drops, a surgical solution may have been offered. These surgical solutions were highly invasive, required long recovery times, and could have resulted in long-term complications. Minimally Invasive Glaucoma Surgeries (MIGS) now offer less invasive techniques that have dramatically improved the safety profile for glaucoma surgery and are now a preferred approach to glaucoma management for many eye care professionals.
How long does the combined procedure take?
The combined procedure typically takes about 20 minutes. It is an outpatient procedure that is performed under local anesthesia.
Vision loss from glaucoma can be prevented!
If you have glaucoma and would like to learn more, contact us to schedule your appointment by using our online form or by calling one of our offices in Hagerstown, Chambersburg, or Waynesboro. After a comprehensive examination, our doctors will work with you to formulate a personalized treatment plan to achieve the best results in the management and treatment of your glaucoma.