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Indiana Eye Clinic is now performing iStent® implantation during cataract surgery, an innovative new technique that can reduce the effects of glaucoma and lower the chance of progression.

iStent is a tiny medical implant that can help restore the eye’s natural fluid outflow and reduce pressure inside the eye. Intraocular pressure (IOP) is one of the most important risk factors for glaucoma. iStent is the world’s smallest medical implant, only about 1-millimeter long.

Patients who have cataracts and glaucoma, or are at risk for glaucoma onset, now have a chance to have both conditions addressed during a single procedure.

Most glaucoma patients who receive the implant can reduce and sometimes eliminate the need for daily eyedrop medication. iStent® has an excellent safety record, and is covered by Medicare and most private insurance companies.

“Indiana Eye Clinic becomes one of the first ophthalmic practices in Central Indiana to offer iStent,” said Dr. Nicholas Rader, co-founder of IEC. “We’re proud to have been leaders in bringing the newest eye procedures to this area for more than 30 years.”

Indiana Eye Clinic’s Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) was one of the first of its kind to be licensed in the state of Indiana. They have become more popular with the passage of years, in no small part because they can keep costs down — for both patients and doctors — while maintaining the same outcomes as a hospital surgery center.

Recently the Indianapolis Star ran an article on which local hospitals have the cheapest prices for various procedures, including surgical eye procedures. You can read the entire article by clicking here.

In its survey of cataract surgery with lens replacement, the state average to have this procedure at a hospital is $8,582. One area hospital came in below this figure, but four other hospitals were quite a bit above that average. One hospital charged nearly $11,000!

Compared to this, the cost to have cataract surgery at an ASC is much lower.

Here at the Indiana Eye Clinic, you can have the same procedure done for as little as $3,550, which includes physician and facility fee charges.

As you can see, there are ways to cut your medical bills, and ambulatory surgery centers are one vehicle to do just that.