MIGS & Cataract Surgery
MIGS & Cataract Surgery
Glaucoma affects more than 2.6 million people in the U.S. and is the second leading cause of blindness. Treatment options include medication, eye drops, laser surgery, and shunts designed to drain fluid and reduce pressure inside the eye.
Micro-invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS) reduces intraocular pressure by improving the natural flow of fluid inside the eye. With MIGS, recovery time is faster and the risk of infection is reduced. At the same time, the surgery preserves ocular tissue and future treatment options that could help maintain long-term vision.
Micro-invasive glaucoma surgery is a promising approach for patients whose disease isn't severe enough to require trabeculectomy, but for whom drops aren't effective. MIGS is commonly used to treat mild-to-moderate glaucoma in patients who are also undergoing cataract removal. By combining MIGS and cataract surgery, doctors can treat two conditions using just one incision.
The trabecular meshwork is an area of tissue in the eye located around the base of the cornea. This meshwork is responsible for draining fluid from the eye. In patients with glaucoma, this meshwork can become clogged, creating a dangerous build-up of pressure inside the eye.
Micro-invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS) works to either remove or open this meshwork so that fluid can drain and intraocular pressure is reduced. The following MIGS procedures may be performed in the United States:
- Trabectome: A Trabectome is a surgical technique that removes diseased tissue in the eye, opening blockages and improving drainage flow from the eye.
- iStent: The iStent is a tiny mesh implant that works to hold open and reinforce the eye's natural drainage pathway.
MIGS is less invasive to the patient than other types of implants or procedures. Recovery times are shorter, it's highly effective at lowering intraocular pressure, and patient recovery is similar to cataract surgery. Additionally, MIGS offers better postoperative vision than traditional glaucoma surgeries.
To learn more about your glaucoma treatment options, contact one of our glaucoma or cataract specialists at 920-327-7000. Or, request an appointment online.
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