My Journey with Glaucoma and Cataracts
By Joy S., Eye Surgeon's Patient
I was diagnosed with glaucoma about 10 years ago. Dr. Wagle recommended medicated eye drops to reduce elevated pressure in my eyes. The trade-off of keeping my vision was changing my beautiful brown eyes to black, an unfortunate side effect from the medication.
When cataracts were diagnosed, Dr. Wagle spoke to me about a new procedure that could lower my pressure and decrease or eliminate the need for me to take the eye drops for the rest of my life. In conjunction with the cataract surgery, he could implant an iStent®. He told me it worked like your kitchen drain trap. If he thought I qualified for it, I told him to go for it.
In February of 2015, I had cataract surgery and the iStent® implanted. I can’t feel it and have never noticed it. He monitored me for two months before taking me off the drops. I'm thankful there is such a device and that I have a doctor who is experienced with the device. I feel blessed.
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