Eye Surgeons at Trinity Regional Eye Care have taken the lead on a new device used for glaucoma patients.
In this week's Eye on Health, Carla Burbidge takes into the surgery room to tell us about it.
This is a cataract surgery, the most common eye surgery, and according to Ophthalmologist Dr. Chad Wolsky, one of the most successful procedures in the country, A short surgery that cleans out the cataract, with a risk that is minimal.
But removing the cataract is not all Dr. Wolsky is doing on this day. Dr. Wolsky is inserting a tiny tube called a stent on the side of the eye, which will help with glaucoma.
(Dr. Chad Wolsky, Ophthalmology) "In order for the eye to be healthy it has fluid in, and out, in glaucoma there's a mismatch."
The stent opens the natural drainage system of the eye and relieves pressure. About 20-percent of all cataract patients, also have glaucoma. The FDA approved this device just a few months ago. Since surgeons are in the eye anyway, they can simply implant this device at the same time.
(Carla Burbidge, firstname.lastname@example.org) "Eye surgeons at Trinity, are a select group of doctors nationwide performing this surgery."
(Dr. Chad Wolsky, Ophthalmology) "We were very aggressive about pursuing this, we saw the benefits to our patients, especially the elderly"
(William Demars, Ophthalmology Patient) "It's exciting, it will give me piece of mind."
William Demars of Minot had a stent put in one eye last month, the second eye during this surgery.
(William Demars, Ophthalmology Patient) "Saddest thing is that what you lose you don't get back, so I appreciate Dr. Wolsky being aggressive."
This stent is the first of its kind of the market, and while it won't cure glaucoma, it will make life better for the patients.
Dr. Wolsky believes that someday, the FDA will take it a step further, by approving the device for all glaucoma patients. For Eye on Health I'm Carla Burbidge.