Monday, April 14 2014, 12:43 PM MDT
Small Device Makes a Big Difference
(KUTV) – It is the smallest device to ever be implanted into the human body. And it is helping to treat a condition that can cause blindness. Kent Acomb was not willing to go blind. He was having a hard time seeing the world around him. "When I would drive, I would be able to see a sign, but I couldn't tell you what the sign was if it was a particular distance."
Kent was diagnosed with Glaucoma. According to experts, Glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness. One way doctors are treating Glaucoma is by inserting a device called an IStent. "The IStent is a very small implantable device that helps to control pressure in patients who have Glaucoma." Doctor Robert Cionni is an ophthalmologist at the Eye Institute of Utah. He says the first line of defense against Glaucoma is eye drops. When that doesn't work, the IStent can be implanted in the eye to relieve pressure. "So this device goes into that area where it's blocked up and it creates a pass to allow fluid to go through."
The device is barely visible once it is implanted into the eye. Kent Acomb says the small device has made a big difference with his vision. "I'm not willing to go blind. I want to see everything that's happening in this world and continue on."
For more information on The Eye Institute of Utah, visit: http://www.theeyeinstitute.com/the-eye-institute/
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