Dr Mark Donaldson relieves Kiwi glaucoma sufferers with revolutionary device

Mon 15 July 2013


Dr Mark Donaldson relieves Kiwi glaucoma sufferers with revolutionary device

Eye Doctors surgeon Dr Mark Donaldson has performed Australasia’s first procedures using a ground-breaking device that treats the blinding effects of glaucoma with a dramatically reduced recovery time.

The Glaukos iStent implants were performed by Dr Donaldson at the Columba at Ascot day stay operating theatre in April, and both patients are now doing well.

Dr Donaldson said, “The Glaukos iStent represents an important advance in the surgical approach to glaucoma.”

“Previously, surgery for glaucoma took many weeks to heal and stabilise. The iStent is not only effective but it has also dramatically reduced recovery time following surgery.”

Currently the smallest implant used in medicine, the Glaukos iStent is a 2mm titanium snorkel that creates an exit passage for blocked eye fluid, relieving the pressure that causes glaucoma.

More than 10,000 iStents have been implanted worldwide, with the majority in the USA and Europe.

The  announcement is well timed, with July named as Glaucoma Awareness Month in New Zealand, championed by Sir Richard Hadlee.

For more information about Glaukos iStent implants in New Zealand or for any further comment contact Eye Doctors practice manager Monique Morrison

Monique@eyedoctors.co.nz

09 520 9689

www.eyedoctors.co.nz