FDA Approves CyPass Micro-Stent to Treat Glaucoma
August 9, 2016
On July 29, 2016, the FDA announced approval of the CyPass® Micro-Stent, a micro invasive glaucoma surgical (MIGS) device manufactured by Alcon (a division of Novartis) to treat patients with mild to moderate primary open-angle glaucoma in conjunction with cataract surgery.
As the FDA explained, the CyPass® Micro-Stent is a tiny tube that is implanted into the eye during cataract surgery to help drain fluid that builds up in patients with glaucoma. The CyPass® Micro-Stent is designed to control eye pressure (intraocular pressure, or IOP) by creating a drainage pathway from the inside (anterior chamber) to the outermost layer of the eye (suprachoroidal space).
The CyPass® Micro-Stent is used in patients with primary open angle glaucoma (POAG). If not treated, pressure builds up inside the eye and eventually can damage the optic nerve, causing blindness.
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