WHAT IS MIGS?
Thanks to recent remarkable innovations in glaucoma management techniques, the majority of patients diagnosed with glaucoma have a large selection of new possibilities to manage their condition. A large number of these new treatments fall into the category of MIGS, or minimally invasive glaucoma surgery.
At The Eye Center of Central PA, we are thrilled to offer a variety of MIGS treatments, as well as numerous other advanced laser treatments for our Central PA patients. MIGS procedures are done with extremely tiny surgical incisions and tools to lessen intraocular pressure in an effort to avoid or delay more harm to the optical nerve. Additionally, MIGS can be advantageous at almost all stages of the condition. They usually lead to fewer post-procedure complications, and most glaucoma specialists consider them safer overall than traditional glaucoma surgery. Visit one of our Central PA offices to set up your MIGS evaluation with one of our board-certified ophthalmologists.
WHO CAN GET MIGS?
No one except a highly trained ophthalmologist can decide whether an individual is an ideal candidate for MIGS or laser therapy. Each of the many different types of glaucoma can produce a range of degrees of intensity, which means every patient requires a unique treatment plan to control their intraocular pressure. The most suitable patients eligible for MIGS are those who:
- Are living with mild to moderate glaucoma
- Are over the age of 18
- Don't have a high risk of serious progression
- Need to manage both glaucoma and cataracts
- Haven't reduced or relieved their symptoms with eye drops
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What To Expect with MIGS
At The Eye Center of Central PA, our team of extremely skilled eye surgeons is able to perform MIGS and laser procedures for our patients. As soon as we have decided that a patient is a good candidate for MIGS, we can talk about each of their most suitable options. We specialize in many MIGS treatments, and each one is performed via the most advanced technology. At our Allenwood surgical facility, we perform MIGS utilizing the following technologies and techniques:
- iStent®: This device is the tiniest medical-grade insert to ever be implanted into the human eyeball. Approved by the FDA, the iStent is a micro-bypass that generates a pathway through the eye, allowing fluid to drain from the eye more efficiently. This, in turn, reduces the pressure within the eye.
- Xen® Gel Stent: This smooth, jelly-like device is implanted into the eye to decrease eye pressure. The Xen Gel Stent was created to address glaucoma with minimally invasive techniques that produce few, if any, post-surgical complications.
- The OMNI™ System: The OMNI Glaucoma System is a single device that combines two separate MIGS solutions. The diverse instrument was designed to improve the trabeculocanalicular outflow pathway in an effort to reduce intraocular pressure (IOP) for men and women diagnosed with open-angle glaucoma.
Usually, MIGS treatments are done in outpatient settings and are finished fairly quickly. Most MIGS treatments take under 15 minutes.
Due to the fact that these innovative techniques are minimally invasive, the recuperation period is quite less compared with other glaucoma procedures. Almost all patients can return to their jobs and their other day-to-day routines within 48 hours – 1 week. After the surgery is done, we carefully go over every patient's post-surgery instructions for how to care for their eyes during the recovery process. Furthermore, we require our MIGS patients to come back for a few crucial follow-up exams at The Eye Center of Central PA so we can closely keep an eye on their intraocular pressure over the course of the recovery period.
ADVANCED GLAUCOMA MANAGEMENT
Up until a decade ago, patients who had advanced glaucoma only had one option for treatment. Fortunately, MIGS and laser therapies now enable us to perform a variety of procedures to help patients control their glaucoma. Reach out to The Eye Center of Central PA to schedule your MIGS assessment with one of our board-certified ophthalmologists who will work hard to effectively manage your glaucoma and provide you with relief.