Nashville's Top Eye Surgeon, Dr. Stewart Shofner Successfully Treats Glaucoma Patients Using The New iStent Procedure And Reduces Dependency of Expensive Eye Drops
Dr. Stewart Shofner of Shofner Vision Center in Nashville, TN is one of the first surgeons in the United States to successfully treat glaucoma by performing eye surgery using the iStent, the smallest medical device ever approved by the FDA. The iStent is so small that it is difficult to find on the face of a penny. Once Dr. Shofner places this device in a glaucoma patient's eye, their need for expensive drops to control glaucoma is either reduced significantly or possibly eliminated. In a clinical study reported by Glaukos, over 68% of glaucoma patients who received the iStent remained medication free at 12 months.
Glaucoma is a condition where the eye's natural drainage system becomes clogged and pressure builds up dangerously in the eye. It is a complicated disease in which damage to the optic nerve leads to progressive, irreversible vision loss. According to the World Health Organization, glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness. Prevent Blindness America reported it is estimated that over 2.2 million Americans have glaucoma but only half of those know they have it. Along with other eye resources to assist those experiencing vision problems, Dr. Shofner offers information about the causes and types of glaucoma on Shofner Vision Center's website.
About iStent Procedure
Developed by Glaukos Corp., the iStent Trabecular Micro-Bypass (aka iStent) is made of surgical-grade titanium and is safely implanted in the internal eye area to re-establish a normal flow of fluids within the eye. Stents used in the medical industry are tubes inserted into the human body to improve blood flow or provide easy access for medications or even surgery. The iStent creates a new opening, which eliminates any blockage that hinders the eye's natural fluid outflow. By improving the outflow of fluid from the patient's eye, the pressure in the eye is reduced. The iStent is a permanent way to reduce or even eliminate a glaucoma patient's reliance on medication.
Because it is so tiny, the patient cannot feel it and does not even know it is in their eye. However, it is still working to relieve glaucoma even though it cannot be seen or felt. The iStent is used for patients who have both cataracts and glaucoma. However, Glaukos Corp. is working to obtain FDA approval for the use in most glaucoma patients, even if they do not have cataracts. Dr. Shofner states, "We have now performed a number of procedures using the iStent, and patients have been very pleased with the results. The iStent is a wonderful way for us to immediately help our glaucoma patients and maintain their vision in the future."
About Shofner Vision Center
Dr. Stewart Shofner of Shofner Vision Center located in Nashville, TN, specializes in Lasik and Cataract Vision Correction Surgery and Treats Ocular Diseases. Dr. Shofner has performed over 10,000 cataract surgeries in Nashville/Middle Tennessee area. Dr. Shofner recommends anyone experiencing glaucoma symptoms or vision impairment should contact their local ophthalmologist or contact Shofner Vision Center for a "No Fear - No Pressure" exam to determine which vision correction procedure is most appropriate.