What Is the Hydrus Microstent?
If glaucoma is not caught and treated early on, complete vision loss can result. At Chu Vision Institute, our expert team takes glaucoma very seriously and offers cutting-edge treatments to help patients manage their condition. Board-certified ophthalmologist Dr. Ralph Chu is proud to offer the Hydrus Microstent to help reduce intraocular pressure.
The Hydrus Microstent was approved by the FDA in 2018 as a minimally invasive treatment to lower eye pressure in patients who have mild to moderate open-angle glaucoma. The tiny, flexible drainage device is composed of Nitinol (nickel and titanium) and is roughly the size of an eyelash. It is placed into the eye during minimally invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS) to expand the eye's fluid channel to allow for increased flow. This ultimately lessens intraocular pressure to prevent or slow the vision impairment caused by glaucoma. Contact our office in Bloomington, MN to discover more about how this revolutionary treatment could help improve your symptoms.
"Bare with my lengthy review but if you’re like me, I wanted to know what others true thoughts were and I scoured as many reviews as possible to make sure I was making the best decision for me and my eyes. I am SO, SO thankful for Dr. Chu and Dr. Heckman’s expertise and honesty. I decided it was time to get Lasik and went in for my consultation. From check-in to my latest follow up, everyone at the Chu Vision Institute was friendly, warm, and helpful. Due to some past corneal scarring, Dr. Chu recommended that I get Lasik on one eye and PRK (ASA) on the other. I was extremely nervous about PRK because of the slightly longer recovery time and I really just wanted to wake up and have 20/20 vision like my friends who have had Lasik. The day of my procedure, they made sure I had all my questions and concerns answered before they let me in to have my surgery. That was extremely comforting to me and Dr. Heckman explained why PRK was recommended over Lasik. Simply put, I wouldn’t have had a good outcome if Dr. Chu had performed Lasik on both eyes. Both procedures went well and Dr. Chu confirmed his right decision during the procedure which took all of maybe 10 minutes for both eyes. As instructed, I went home and rested and could literally see 20/20 the next day with my Lasik eye. The PRK eye takes a little longer to heal but can already see better! (I was worried my blurry eye would affect my vision, but it did not). Recovery has been great and will continue to get better in the next few weeks. Now my husband wants to get his eyes done. Chu Vision Institute has exceeded my expectations and I am very happy with my results!"- E.M. / Google / Oct 20, 2020
"I had cataracts removed from both eyes. Dr. Chu and his staff were wonderful to work with. From the exam to the surgical procedure and recovery, everyone was very professional and pleasant . I had a perfect outcome and would highly recommend the Chu vision Clinic."- B.S. / Google / Oct 02, 2020
"I’ve been going to Chu vision for about three years now and and I’ve had excellent service each and every time. They follow me yearly for my dry eye condition. They are extremely thorough and take the time to answer all my questions. Highly recommend them."- C.S. / Google / Jul 31, 2020
"Exceptional. I felt like family as soon as I walked through the front door. Staff was extremely knowledgeable and friendly and my LASIK procedure went flawlessly. Like most folks, I did extensive research for months before my consult (word of mouth and online) I highly recommend Chu Vision for your procedure."- C.M. / Google / Mar 19, 2020
"I want to thank everyone at Chu Vision for the remarkable care we received recently. The clinic has an immaculate protocol to prevent Covid exposure for all of its patients. One might think that all the masks would prevent a warm, caring environment but not at Chu Vision! To a person, everyone was warm and welcoming. Dr. Chu was terrific and extremely thorough. The clinic was able to assess my husband’s acute vision change using a remarkable variety of tests and tools. What would have taken weeks at another clinic took only hours at Chu Vision. We won’t ever go anywhere else. Thank you so very much!"- K.D. / Yelp / Jul 13, 2020
Best Candidates for the Hydrus Microstent
The Hydrus Microstent is designed for men and women who are in the earlier stages of glaucoma. Individuals who have progressed to the later phases may not qualify for treatment. If you have been diagnosed with mild to moderate open-angle glaucoma (whether or not you also have cataracts), we encourage you to schedule a visit to our Bloomington, MN facility. During a comprehensive eye exam, Dr. Chu will review your medical records, current medications, and family health history to determine if you would make a good candidate.
Hydrus Microstent Technique
The Hydrus Microstent is placed into the eye during an outpatient procedure at our on-site ambulatory surgery center. After you are comfortable and ready, we will anesthetize your eye with numbing drops, and we may give you a mild sedative to keep you at ease. Next, Dr. Chu will utilize a steel cannula to precisely insert the device into the Schlemm's canal through a very small incision in the cornea. If performed at the same time as cataract surgery, this will be done using the same microscopic incision. When inserted into the eye, the Hydrus Microstent helps aqueous fluid flow more freely through the eye. Because the device is so tiny and flexible, you will not be able to see or feel it after its placement.
What to Expect with the Hydrus Microstent
You can expect to get back to your normal routine after your procedure. Since the treatment is minimally invasive in nature, you should not expect a long recovery time. Dr. Chu may request that you come back to our office for a series of follow-up appointments to monitor your intraocular pressure and ensure that the treatment is working effectively. For many patients, the Hydrus Microstent device has been shown to reduce the need for glaucoma management medications. If you have any questions regarding your follow-up, please do not hesitate to reach out to our office.
A Solution is In Sight
Imagine having the freedom to go about your routine without constantly worrying about your eye pressure and damage to the optic nerve. If you have been diagnosed with glaucoma, the team at Chu Vision Institute can offer a relatively new option known as the Hydrus Microstent. This top-of-the-line treatment for glaucoma has helped many of our patients gain a renewed outlook on life. Contact our office to find out more, and schedule an appointment with Dr. Chu.