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World’s tiniest implant could be life-changing for the 3 million Americans with glaucoma

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The stent is so small, measuring just one millimeter in size, that "you need a microscope to see it."

There are more than 3 million Americans living with glaucoma. As Baby Boomers march into their senior years, that number is inevitably going to go up.

Now, researchers at the University of Michigan have come up with a medical implant that measures just 1 millimeter, and it's changing the way we treat glaucoma.

Dr. Manjool Shah, an assistant professor of opthalmology at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center and a glaucoma specialist, joined Stateside to tell us more about the new technology.

Listen above to hear how the stents work, and why we're experiencing a "renaissance in glaucoma treatment" right now.

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