DURYSTA is a biodegradable implant applied to an eye affected by glaucoma or high eye pressure. It’s a drug under the class of Prostaglandin Analogs, which are used to lower pressure in the eyes. DURYSTA is made of a biodegradable structure, which degrades itself over time. The implant has a cylindrical shape and it comes around 1mm in size.
A DURYSTA implant is used to treat open-angle glaucoma or high pressure in the eye. Lowering the high pressure inside the eye can prevent the patient from going blind. The implant helps the fluid inside the eye flow out. This way the pressure inside the eye lowers and relieves the eye. The implant is advised to be placed only one time in each eye.
The most common side effect reported by the patients is eye redness. Other side effects can be listed as follows: the sensation of having something in the eye, pain, sensitivity to light, blood in the eye, dryness, irritation, blurred vision, iritis, and headache.
People who are diagnosed with open-angle glaucoma and ocular hypertension can benefit from DURYSTA. However, that doesn’t mean every patient diagnosed with open-angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension is an ideal candidate for the treatment. The implantation is not advised under the following circumstances:
● If you have an infection in or around your eye
● If you had a corneal transplant
● If you are diagnosed with corneal endothelial cell dystrophy
● If your posterior lens capsule is absent or ruptured
● Make sure to check if you are allergic to the components of the implant before you undergo the procedure.
The DURYSTA implant should be implanted by a healthcare professional. It’s preloaded inside a sterile applicator with a 28 gauge needle tip. The practitioner inserts the needle into your clear cornea, enters the anterior chamber, and then releases the implant. Once it’s released, the needle is removed from the eye and the patient sits upright for at least an hour.
The DURYSTA implant is about 1mm in size and it should be administered with a 28-gauge needle tip.
Just like any other new medical therapies, the DURYSTA implant is considered to be expensive. The medication alone costs about $2000/dose. The administration of the implant can vary, depending on the practitioner. If the operation is done in a hospital or a surgery center, an additional cost of around $1000-2000 will arise.