iStent Glaucoma Treatment | World’s Smallest Medical Device

At less than .3mm long, the iStent is the smallest medical device ever approved by the FDA and the smallest medical device known to be implanted in the human body. (Fig 1). It is placed in the eye during cataract surgery and is so small that patients won’t be able to see or feel it after the procedure is over. The stent is designed to reduce Intraocular Pressure (IOP) in glaucoma patients following cataract surgery and may reduce or eliminate the need for eye drops in some patients.  The iStent is designed to reduce the challenges and risks of traditional glaucoma management. According to Dr. Trespalacios, “We now have the technology to remove cataracts and simultaneously reduce dependency on glasses and glaucoma medications.”

iStent size in relation to a Penny

iStent size in relation to a Penny

Worlds smallest medical device iStent® Trabecular Micro-Bypass: adds an exciting new glaucoma technology to your cataract surgery.

Technology has always played an important role in eye care. Today, almost every aspect of vision is connected to a product or procedure that wasn’t available even ten short years ago. The cataract surgery you are scheduled for is a good example of how innovations can make a difference. Every aspect of it utilizes recently developed technology that will help us improve your vision. Today, this includes managing your mild-to-moderate open-angle glaucoma: because now we are able to add another step to your cataract surgery that allows you to treat your open-angle glaucoma in a completely new way. This is important because once diagnosed, you and most patients like you will spend the rest of your lives putting one, two or even three different kinds of drops in every day. Unfortunately, all of these drops will not only be inconvenient, but potentially very expensive. The iStent Trabecular Micro-Bypass Stent is designed to reduce your eye pressure and you can have it done at the same time you have cataract surgery.

Dr. Tres is the first and most experienced iStent surgeon in Central Florida

Dr. Tres and Patient

Dr. Trespalacios, founder of Brevard Eye Center, has served for years as the Director of Refractive Services at Brevard Eye Center, performing thousands of sight saving procedures every year. In this time he has developed a reputation for excellence and is one of only a handful of surgeons in the nation and the only Ophthalmologist in East Central Florida with surgical results so outstanding they are independently insurable. He is also presently an Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Central Florida college of Medicine.  Dr. Trespalacios has authored and coauthored multiple publications in the Ophthalmology literature as well as being Board certified by the national board of medical examiners, Board certified in ophthalmology by the American Board of Ophthalmology, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.