Understanding the Glaukos iStent infinite® and its Benefits
A diagnosis of glaucoma can be overwhelming and scary, especially if you are unfamiliar with the disease. Thankfully, advancements in medical technologies have led to treatments that can help manage the condition and prevent further vision loss. One of these advancements is the Glaukos iStent infinite®, a tiny implant that can help reduce intraocular pressure in patients with glaucoma. In this blog post, we will discuss what the Glaukos iStent infinite® is, how it works, and the benefits it provides for patients with glaucoma.
Glaucoma is a disease that affects the optic nerve and results in damage to the nerve fibers responsible for transmitting visual information from the eye to the brain. This damage leads to a gradual loss of vision and can eventually lead to blindness if left untreated. The Glaukos iStent infinite® is a small device that is implanted in the eye during a minimally invasive procedure and is designed to reduce intraocular pressure, which is the primary factor that leads to optic nerve damage in glaucoma.
The Glaukos iStent infinite® is made up of two tiny tubes that are inserted into the trabecular meshwork of the eye, which is the area responsible for draining the aqueous humor (fluid in the eye). This drainage helps regulate intraocular pressure. By increasing the flow of aqueous humor through the trabecular meshwork, the Glaukos iStent infinite® helps reduce intraocular pressure and prevent further damage to the optic nerve.
One of the main benefits of the Glaukos iStent infinite® is that it is a minimally invasive procedure that can be performed in conjunction with cataract surgery. This means that the implant can be inserted without the need for additional incisions, which can help reduce the risks associated with surgery and speed up the recovery process. Additionally, because the Glaukos iStent infinite® works to reduce intraocular pressure, patients may be able to reduce or even eliminate their reliance on glaucoma medications.
Another benefit of the Glaukos iStent infinite® is that it has been shown to be effective in controlling intraocular pressure. In clinical trials, the implant was shown to reduce intraocular pressure in the majority of patients who received it. This can help prevent further damage to the optic nerve and preserve vision.
It is worth noting that not all patients with glaucoma are candidates for the Glaukos iStent infinite®. Patients with mild to moderate glaucoma who do not respond well to medication or traditional surgery are the most likely to benefit from this implant. Additionally, patients with severe or advanced glaucoma may require additional treatments in addition to the Glaukos iStent infinite®.
The Glaukos iStent infinite® is a small device with big benefits for patients with glaucoma. By reducing intraocular pressure, it can help prevent further damage to the optic nerve and preserve vision. If you have been diagnosed with glaucoma and are interested in learning more about your treatment options, including the Glaukos iStent infinite®, contact your eye care professional to schedule a consultation.