At North Idaho Eye Institute, our Coeur d’Alene and Post Falls area providers diagnose and treat glaucoma patients on a regular basis. We treat our patients using a combination of laser, medication, and surgery. We also partner with many local optometrists providing consultation or diagnostic testing for glaucoma or patients suspicious for glaucoma. Because glaucoma is a chronic disease, it is important to have regular visits with an eye care provider. Our goal is to customize your treatment to your individual lifestyle needs while optimizing vision throughout your lifetime. Thank you for trusting us with your glaucoma care.
Glaucoma: Basic Facts
Glaucoma is a disease of the optic nerve that can lead to blindness if not treated. It does not often cause symptoms in its early stages, but can often be detected during a complete eye exam. It is estimated that three million americans have glaucoma, but many of them are not aware of it. When glaucoma is diagnosed, it can be treated with medication (usually eye drops), laser, or surgery. With appropriate treatment, glaucoma patients can usually maintain good vision. Glaucoma patients usually have elevated eye pressure, but this is not always the case.
Risk factors for glaucoma include:
- family history
- high pressure
- poor circulation
- history of eye trauma
Glaucoma: Learn More
There are many types of glaucoma, including open angle, angle closure, secondary glaucoma, congenital glaucoma, or glaucoma suspect. For more information on glaucoma, please check out this link from the American Academy of Ophthalmology .
Eye Drop Financial Support
We understand that drops may be expensive and we want to find a solution that allows our patients to continue to take their drops regularly. If your drops are too expensive, please ask to speak with our designated clinic representative regarding medication solutions to explore options including discount cards, possible consideration of generic alternatives, or programs that may help reduce your out of pocket cost.
I-stent is an implantable titanium stent that is FDA approved to be placed at the time of cataract surgery in selected glaucoma patients. This device can help lower your pressure and sometimes can reduce or eliminate the need for glaucoma drops. Many of our doctors perform I-stent implantation. If you are a glaucoma patient considering cataract surgery, ask your doctor if the I-stent might be appropriate for you.
How iStent inject Works
iStent inject includes two tiny implants, each made of surgical titanium. Once implanted, you will not be able to see or feel the tiny stents.
To help control the increased pressure in your eye associated with glaucoma, iStent inject creates two bypasses, or openings, between the front part of your eye and its natural
drainage pathway to increase the flow of fluid. By creating the permanent bypasses through the primary blockage site (trabecular meshwork), iStent inject is designed to:
- Improve your eye’s natural outflow to safely lower intraocular pressure.
- Work continuously to improve the natural flow of fluid in your eyes.
Contact North Idaho Eye Institute serving people in the Coeur d’Alene, Post Falls, Hayden Lake and Sandpoint areas today to schedule your glaucoma screening, today!