New Freedom for Patients with Glaucoma & Cataracts

By susand on July 10, 2016

It is not unusual that, as two relatively common diseases in the aging population, glaucoma and cataract can appear in the same person.

Cataract, a clouding of the natural lens of the eye, is quite common in the elderly population. When the cataract becomes dense enough to interfere with the patient’s lifestyle, it may be time for the cataract to be removed. An Intraocular Lens Implant (IOL) is used to restore the vision to near normal levels.

Glaucoma, a disease of the optic nerve, is usually associated with elevated intraocular pressure. Daily drops are often used in the eye to reduce the pressure and stop the progression of the disease. Unfortunately, glaucoma cannot be “removed” from the eye in the same way a cataract is permanently removed.

A new option…

Tired of the inconvenience of applying expensive glaucoma eye drops one to three times a day?

Want to significantly reduce constant eye pressure from glaucoma?

Now our patients with both cataracts and glaucoma have a new option, the iStent®. The iStent is an advanced, minimally invasive device designed to relieve pressure from right-angle glaucoma.  iStent is the smallest medical device ever approved by the FDA and is placed in the eye during cataract surgery. It is so small that the iStent can’t be seen or felt after surgery, but it will be continuously working to help reduce eye pressure. “I see patients every day who forget to take their glaucoma medication drops,” said Dr. Francis Clark. “Glaucoma can cause blindness, and I’m happy to be able to provide a new treatment option for my glaucoma patients.”

The entire procedure—cataract removal and iStent implantation—takes about 12 minutes while the patient is under topical anesthesia with light IV sedation, and the iStent component only takes about 4 minutes. Recovery time is no different than regular cataract surgery. “With the iStent, we now have the technology to remove cataracts and, at the same time, reduce dependency on glasses and glaucoma medications,” Dr. Clark explained.  “In clinical trials, 85 percent of patients who received the iStent were off the eye drops within a year.”

If you have both glaucoma and cataracts, make an appointment with one of our offices today. We’ll discuss your options and see if the iStent is right for you!

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About Dr. Francis Clark

Dr. Clark is a board-certified ophthalmologist. He attended St. Joseph's University on a presidential scholarship and graduated magna cum laude. While a student at Jefferson Medical College, he received high honors in ophthalmology from Wills Eye Hospital. He completed his ophthalmology training at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

Dr. Clark is a member of:

·         American Academy of Ophthalmology

·         American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgeons (ASCRS)

·         American Medical Association (AMA)

·         Greater Philadelphia Eye Care Centers of Excellence

In addition to general ophthalmology, cataract and oculoplastic surgeries, Dr. Clark has a special interest in Lasik refractive surgery and advanced technologies in cataract surgery. He is on the medical advisory board of Wills Eye Surgery Center of Bucks County. Dr. Clark has been active in refractive surgery since the early 1990. He has experienced the changes in refractive surgery over the years and routinely performs cataract and LASIK surgery with the skills that long-term experience generates. He takes pride in his continuity of care for each patient before and after surgery.

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Collegeville Eye Physicians and Surgeons

753 W Main St
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Trappe, PA 19426

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Blue Bell Office

1179 Dekalb Pike
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Blue Bell, PA 19422

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909 Sumneytown Pike
Ste 201
Spring House, PA 19477

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331 N York Rd
Hatboro, PA 19040

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65 E Elizabeth Ave
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1609 Woodbourne Rd
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