Yes, it is safe for MRI scanners
No, all surgeries are day cases
The iStent is not recommended for certain types of glaucoma. I will discuss your suitability at the preoperative visit.
Every glaucoma surgeon is using the devices that work better for them. I chose to use the iStent after careful consideration and I am getting very good results with it. However, I will consider another device, if it proves to be safe and effective.
Same drops as after cataract surgery, I may also adjust your glaucoma medication.
No, the Istent will not cure your glaucoma. However, it may prevent your glaucoma from getting worse by lowering your eye pressure. The iStent can also reduce your use of eye drops for glaucoma.
Unfortunately not. Neither will it bring back any lost vision.
In general, the iStent implantation does not increase the risk of a cataract operation. There is a small risk of the eye becoming inflamed and developing an infection, so you will be given anti-inflammatory and antibiotic eye drops to use after the operation to prevent this. A very small amount of bleeding inside the eye might occur during the operation but this resolves within a few days. In about 20%, the iStent doesn’t work.
If the eye pressure remains elevated despite medical therapy then there is a risk that your vision will deteriorate.
Alternatives include the standard glaucoma surgery (trabeculectomy), but this carries more risk than the iStent procedure.