iStent for patients with Glaucoma

Physicians of Louisiana Eye & Laser are proud to announce that it is the first eye clinic in Central Louisiana to provide to patients 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. Michael Redmond.  “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. Chad Norton states, “It is so small that the patient is unable to see or feel it after the procedure is done.  Although a patient won’t even know the iStent is there, it will be working to help reduce 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. Eric Reish 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 glaucoma patients.

Understanding Your Lifestyle

Many patients choose freedom from glasses after cataract surgery.  With multi-focal and accommodating lens technology, our cataract program is designed for people who would prefer to be free of corrective lenses in as many situations as possible.  A vital part of the cataract consult process is to understand your lifestyle so we can help you choose the best lens and surgery package for your vision goals.  Our goal is to make laser cataract surgery affordable for any patient who desires to be free from corrective lenses.  We offer generous flexible payment plans to help fit a laser cataract surgery package in to a monthly fixed budget.  Please, ask about our Care Credit plan.

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At Louisiana Eye & Laser, you'll find a host of experienced specialists for everyone in the family, from newborns to seniors. Whether you need a routine treatment, there's a selection of caring physicians at a location near you.