CyPass Micro-stent for Glaucoma at Reeve-Woods Eye Center

If you have been diagnosed with glaucoma and are looking for the latest in treatment options, you should know that the CyPass Micro-stent for glaucoma is an implant that has been approved by the Federal Drug Administration as being safe for treating open-angle glaucoma. It is designed to be implanted during regular cataract surgery. Read on for information about symptoms of glaucoma and how the CyPass Micro-stent could help.

photo of an elderly lady who's glaucoma was treated with cypass micro-stents

Glaucoma Symptoms

Glaucoma is a condition in which eye pressure causes visual loss and damage to the fluid optic nerve accumulates in your eyes. The added fluid builds up the pressure in the eyes, causing damage to the optic nerve.Damage to optic nerves is permanent, which is why patients must be treated as soon as possible for best result. Optic nerve damage can cause loss of vision, or may be sudden or gradual. Most patients have no symptoms. It is treatable by prevention and thus important to diagnose and treat in a timely manner.

A problem is that glaucoma symptoms tend to emerge gradually, making it harder for patients to notice. Your eye doctor can discover whether you have glaucoma during routine eye exams, underscoring the need for regular eye wellness checkups each year.

If you’re new to the topic of glaucoma, an introduction is useful before you come to our center for evaluation and treatment of this condition. Main indicators of glaucoma include:

  • Rainbow lights or halos appearing around objects
  • Headaches
  • Blurred vision
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Extreme pain in the eyes

Symptoms may be gradual and then worsen over time. If you experience any glaucoma symptoms, it’s crucial that you come in for evaluation and treatment as soon as possible.

Treatment for Glaucoma with the CyPass Micro-stent by Our Leading Ophthalmologists in Chico, CA

As leading ophthalmologists in Chico, we have the experience and knowledge to evaluate patients for treating glaucoma. and determine if the CyPass Micro-Stent will be suitable for them.

The CyPass Micro-stent was created by Transcend Medical, and then Novartis division Alcon acquired Transcend Medical in 2016. To date, the FDA has approved it for use in cases of mild and moderate open angle glaucoma. The stent is the shape of a cylinder and is inserted between the eye’s sclera and ciliary body in a place called the supraciliary space.

One end of the stent has an entry port and there are series of small holes along the stent’s body. The holes diffuse liquid (your tears) so that they can flow easily from the eye’s anterior chamber. This results in a decrease in intraocular pressure.

In fact, 72.5% of eyes that have been treated with CyPass Micro-stents have achieved a reduction of intraocular pressure or IOP of 20% or greater. Using the micro-stents was made it 32% more effective in lowering IOP than cataract surgery alone, making it a excellent choice a potential option for patients needing treatment for their glaucoma, as evaluated by your ophthalmologist and recommended medically by your doctor.

Make an Appointment for Cataract Treatments in Chico at Reeve-Woods Eye Center Today

It’s clear that dealing with glaucoma will be easier for you after getting CyPass Micro-Stents in your eyes under the careful supervision of our team. If you have questions about Cypass with cataract surgery in Chico or are ready to make an appointment for a consultation with one of our eye doctors in Chico, connect with Reeve-Woods Eye Center today.


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