If you have glaucoma, it can be scary. The fluid in your eyes is building up. Instead of being naturally absorbed into your bloodstream in the way that it should, there is an imbalance in your ocular fluid. Something has gone wrong and the pressure is increasing. If you don’t get it taken care of, your optical nerve could be damaged beyond repair. Blindness could result. Don’t panic. You have options. iStent® surgery could be the answer for you.
Diagnosing Glaucoma is Key
The first step in addressing glaucoma is getting treatment before it is too late. Unfortunately, glaucoma does not usually cause symptoms in its earliest stages. At later stages, you may experience blind spots or reduced peripheral vision. Sudden eye pain, headaches, blurred vision, halos, rainbows around objects, and nausea may suggest that your eyes have been affected by an increase in pressure. If you do experience any of these symptoms, you need to see Dr. Patel for an evaluation. Otherwise, annual exams are the best way to detect the beginning stages of glaucoma. Once Dr. Patel has diagnosed glaucoma, it will be possible to take action. An innovative procedure known as iStent® surgery could be the best course of treatment for you.
Understanding iStent® Surgery
Dr. Patel may recommend medication as the first step in managing your condition. However, you can take additional steps to manage glaucoma with iStent® surgery. This procedure involves inserting an optical implant into your eye that will effectively deal with increasing pressure in your eye. The implant acts as a bypass, improving the flow of ocular fluid that has been blocked. Not only will pressure be reduced in your eye, but your ocular fluid will also continue to flow properly after treatment. You will no longer need to worry about damage to your optical nerve. If you are struggling with cataracts as well, you could deal with both eye conditions at one time and experience improved ocular health with iStent® surgery.
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Once the pressure in your eyes is reduced, you can have peace of mind. iStent® surgery performed by Dr. Patel at Wichita Vision Institute can help you to breathe easy and see clearly for years to come. Protect your ocular nerves with iStent® surgery.