Glaucoma is classified as a serious eye condition that can cause permanent damage to your eye’s optic nerve. Glaucoma is associated with the buildup of pressure within your eye that becomes more serious over time. Historically, major surgery was required in order to reduce eye pressure, prevent further damage to the optic nerve, and resolve glaucoma. Fortunately, more recently, an individual diagnosed with glaucoma can now access what is known as Minimally Invasive Glaucoma Surgery, or MIGS.
How Minimally Invasive Glaucoma Surgery or MIGS Works
At the heart of MIGS is the fact that large incisions are avoided to undertake relief of eye pressure, which is at the heart of glaucoma. Thanks to the use of advanced technology, this type of glaucoma surgery is undertaken efficiently and in the least invasive manner possible.
Examples of MIGS
Two popular forms of Minimally Invasive Glaucoma Surgery are the XEN Stent and OMNI® Glaucoma Treatment System. The XEN Stent is considered an effective course of MIGS when other alternatives like laser treatment or medications are considered insufficient to address a patient’s condition.
The Omni System is revolutionary in that it combines two glaucoma treatment processes into one surgery. The net effect of this comprehensive procedure is to relieve underlying eye pressure and prevent further vision deterioration without complicated surgery.
Benefits of MIGS Over Other Courses of Treatment
There are a number of important benefits that can be realized through MIGS. These include the fact that MIGS can be performed alongside cataract surgery. Rather than having to schedule completely separate treatments for Glaucoma and Cataracts, surgeons can perform the MIGS treatment and Cataract surgery at the same time.
Another crucial benefit of Minimally Invasive Glaucoma Surgery is found in the associated recovery time. For example, both of the MIGS procedures discussed in this article use only a tiny incision so small that sutures are not required. Thanks to MIGS, the recovery time associated with treating glaucoma is significantly shorter than that associated with traditional surgery. In addition, the risk of infection can be reduced through a MIGS procedure.
The best way to ensure optimal eye health and prevent the serious consequences of glaucoma is to schedule a proactive eye exam and glaucoma screening with an experienced eye doctor at Matossian Eye Associates. You can schedule an appointment with an eye doctor today by calling (800) 708-8800 or on our website. A regular, comprehensive eye care appointment can identify potential glaucoma-related issues before they become more serious challenges.