The team at TRES VISION Group is always on the lookout for new and effective ways to meet our patients’ needs. We are pleased to add a new tool to our toolbox of therapies for patients with glaucoma. Durysta is the first and only implantable medication for open-angle glaucoma. It is a complete game-changer for patients who have uncomfortable side effects from glaucoma eye drops or difficulty remembering to use them every day.
How Durysta Works
Durysta has been FDA approved for use in individuals with open-angle glaucoma. In open-angle glaucoma, fluid does not drain normally from the eye. Although the drainage angle — the system by which fluid exits the eye — remains open, it does not function properly. When adequate fluid does not leave the eye, it causes a spike in intraocular pressure, which threatens the health of the optic nerve. Eventually, open-angle glaucoma can lead to a decline in peripheral vision.
Durysta is a tiny rod-shaped implant inserted into the front of the eye during a quick, in-office procedure. Once in place, the implant continuously delivers a medication called bimatoprost to improve the drainage of fluid and reduce and maintain healthy levels of pressure inside the eye.
Durysta is very safe for the eye. There are no preservatives in the implant and it does not irritate the eyes or cause allergic reactions. No procedure is required to remove the implant. After approximately one year, the implant dissolves and is eliminated from the body naturally.
A Drop-Free Solution To Open-Angle Glaucoma
Although Durysta is not a permanent cure for glaucoma, it offers significant benefits to patients who rely on eye drops to control intraocular pressure. Because Durysta continuously releases medication directly to the eye 24/7, it takes the place of topical eye drops.
Eye drops are usually the first line of defense against glaucoma, but a number of patients cannot tolerate the drops or fail to use them correctly. Some patients forget to use their drops daily; others experience allergic reactions to the preservatives in the drops. Dry eye symptoms can occur in response to the drops. Our team also understands that some glaucoma eye drops can be expensive.
With Durysta, patients do not have to worry about the cost, inconvenience or discomfort of glaucoma eye drops. They enjoy peace of mind knowing the implant is continuously managing intraocular pressure.
Learn More About Durysta
To learn more about our new solution to open-angle glaucoma, and to find out whether you are a candidate for Durysta, please call TRES VISION Group today and schedule a consultation.