Australia’s smallest medical device helps Baulkham Hills woman

GOOD VISION; Lenore Osborne says the stints installed has made life easier as she no longer has to rely on eye drops.
GOOD VISION; Lenore Osborne says the stints installed has made life easier as she no longer has to rely on eye drops.

It is so small you would struggle to see it with your eyes, but it could help save your vision.

The smallest medical device available in Australia treats glaucoma, and it has made life easier for Baulkham Hills resident Lenore Osborne.

Ms Osborne had the iStent inject inserted into the drainage canal of her eyes after her ophthalmologist recommended her to have it installed during cataract surgery.

Six months on, she has not had to rely on eye drops as the stint helps relieve pressure in her eyes. High pressure in eyes can worsen glaucoma.

“My brother, sister and uncle have had it, but I never showed any symptoms,” Ms Osborne said.

“I went the optometrist to get my eyes checked for reading glasses, and they said my pressure was huge in one eye so they made an appointment the next day with an ophthalmologist.

“I’m so glad he (Dr Colin Clement) knew of the stint. I don’t have to drops anymore, which I had to put into my eyes four times a day and had to get a fresh bottle every month.

“I enjoy a better quality of life without worrying about my glaucoma.”

Ms Osborne had the stint inserted six months ago, but the new treatment has only been made public in the past week to coincide with World Glaucoma Awareness Week.

She encouraged people to get their eyes checked, as not treating the disease can lead to significant damage to the eyes and may cause people to go blind.

“Even without the symptoms, it cause a lot of damage,” Ms Osborne said.

Dr Clement, who is based in the Sydney CBD, said the new stint allows people to live a normal life.

“The development of this unique technology has helped many of my patients to reduce the need for, or even eliminate, the number of eye drops required to control their glaucoma,” he said.