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A few weeks ago Dr. Matthew Mills of Eye Care Professionals performed a cutting edge surgery on Linda Morrison. Linda was diagnosed with cataracts and glaucoma. The glaucoma was a surprise. "We've done all these tests and I can tell you right now that you have glaucoma. Which was a big shock. I had no idea."

Glaucoma is when pressure builds up in they eye. This puts pressure on the optic nerve and can cause vision loss. In fact, glaucoma is one of the main causes of blindness in the U.S. To lessen the pressure, Dr. Mills is now implanting a stent to help built up fluid drain. "So the goal of this procedure is to facilitate that fluid being able to exit the eye. When we insert the stent, we are able to bypass this blocked filtering mechanism and basically take the fluid from the inside of the eye and take it directly to the drain which is a tube called Schlemm's canal."

This procedure is the first minimally invasive option for glaucoma patients. Plus it's considered low risk. The FDA approved the eye stent to be done only on patients who have cataracts and glaucoma. Dr. Mills says Linda was the ideal patient. "So we're doing both. We are improving the vision with cataract surgery and simultaneously lowering the pressure in a way that we've never been able to do before."

Cataract surgery is about 15 minutes. The stent adds on another five minutes. Linda says she's thrilled with the results. "I can see great. I had no pain at all. Still have no pain. It's great."

For more information on the eye stent, visit www.renoeyecare.com. Plus, Dr. Mills will be taking your calls during Monday, November 25th's Ask the Doctor segment from 5-6pm. To speak with him then, dial 775-858-2222. 

Written By Wendy Damonte
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